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3 1 Unfortunately in our society people are judged and put into categories by race Hansen tells us that the definition of race is how a person identifies themselves in response to a question about their racial background People have tried to categorize man since the beginning of time The first actual reference to race comes from Homer He spoke of a black or southern race Early Greek and Egyptian writings talk about the poor being of another race The first person to attempt to classify people by race was German Anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach He came up with five groups including Caucasians Mongolians Ethiopians Americans and Malayans It is important to almost every culture to distinguish people between races They look at how some people are the same and how they are different from each other While there are many different social definitions for race modern genetics tells us that there are no biological factors that determine race There are physical characteristics that we conotate with certain races but that has nothing to do with biology We know from DNA studies that we all have a common ancestor I will go through six different theories of race Race as lineage is classified by a group of persons animals or plants connected by a common descent or origin The major point of this definition is that physical traits are passed down by heredity Linnaeus came up with the binomial classification which came from the observation that there were animals that could not successfully interbreed with other animals Race as a type uses characteristics with a special form This theory uses the physical characteristics such as skin color hair color disease and the ability to adapt to a climate as its basis Race as a subspecies is used based on the definition that subspecies are a genetically distinct group that has evolved in relative isolation almost to the point where it cannot successfully breed with other
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