The Race Myth
Why We Pretend Race Exists in AmericaBook - 2004
A leading scientist proves once and for all that race does not exist and provides solutions to end racism.While the public debate over the existence of race, racism, and affirmative action continues to rage, preeminent evolutionary biologist Joseph Graves will forever change how we think about race. According to his provocative argument, science cannot account for the racial categories used to classify people. He goes a step further to describe racism as an unintended consequence of evolution and offers creative, innovative ways to bring true equality to America.The Race Mythdebunks the ancient fallacies still held as fact and perpetuated in everything from damaging medical profiling to misconceptions about sports. Through accessible and compelling language, Graves reveals the impossibility that any group of humans now in existence has a separate genetic line of descent. The Race Mythalso explains why defining a race according to skin tones or eye shape is woefully inaccurate and why applying these false categories to assumptions about IQ, behavior, or predisposition to disease has devastating effects.Demonstrating that racial distinctions are social inventions, not biological truths, The Race Mythbrings much-needed, sound science to one of Americas most emotionally charged debates.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2004
Branch Call Number: 305.8 Graves
Characteristics: xvi, 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm