If there are no biological traits that can be used to consistently sort people into definite racial categories?
If there are no biological traits that can be used to consistently sort people into definite racial categories, why is race still important?
- ShansiLv 57 years agoFavorite Answer
It's not. To correct the above, the epicanthic fold is a feature that can appear in East Asians, although not always, Native Amerians, and Scandinavian population... yet all three are not classified as 'one' race.
The definition of 'race' is rather flaky. The conventional Asian, Black, Caucasian thing is strong in the west but is broken down in the East. Asians do not see 'asian' as a race but rather as a geographic thing. The Japanese see themselves as separate from the Chinese and Koreans even though the west consistently put all three together.
It's important simply because it's a power play. You can use the overly simplistic notion to raise nationalism, oppress others, condition a population into self-internalized oppression.. it's a minefield really.
- El JefeLv 77 years ago
I wouldn't say that biological traits that can consistently be used to sort people into definite racial categories don't exist.
For example, epicanthic folds exist. Some people have them and some people don't, and they do break down into more or less distinct racial groups.
The presence of hybridized individuals who have partial traits or a mix of certain traits from one group and other traits from a different group doesn't negate the concept of distrinct racial groups, any more than the existance of cock-a-poos negates the concept of dog breeds that contains cocker spaniels and poodles as separate and distinct breeds.
- Gray BoldLv 77 years ago
The physical differences in races captures the unique adaptations they made to adapt to their specific environments. This helps scientists better understand how evolution works.