Radio National recently “refuted” race in the same manner that a five year old “refutes” his parents that it’s not bath time. In other words, utter idiocy.
This must be the silliest thing ever written on race. That it has stood thus long without a whit of criticism or push back is an indictment of our elite and a direct refutation of the argument put forth in the article that argues that modern day people believe in the “myth of race”, for if they did, why on earth would they tolerate this piece?
“However, when scientists look deep into the DNA of humans they cannot see race. For example, if race were to exist, there would be an expectation that all people with ‘darker’ skin have very similar DNA, when compared to those with ‘lighter’ skin. But that’s not the case.”
No serious race scientist, not today or in the 1600s, believed that mankind should be grouped by skin colour alone.
Here is Francois Bernier, of the 17th century, who is credited with the first post-classical classification of man into races:
“For although the Egyptians, for instance, and the Indians are very black, or rather tawny, this colour is nevertheless only accidental to them, and comes only because they expose themselves to the sun; for those who take care of themselves and are not obliged to expose themselves to it as often as the [common] people are, are not blacker than many Spaniards.
And thus he correctly, correct according to this very article!, recognized North Africans, Indians and Arabs to be “closer” to Europeans than Africans.
This accords exactly with this very article:
“For example, Alan Templeton, a professor of genetics at Washington University in Missouri, has shown that genetic differences on the whole aren’t dependent on a person’s skin colour…”
And thus I have shown this article to be egregiously in error. Embarrassingly wrong. Cringe-worthingly wrong.
“A few decades later a German physician called Johann Friedrich Blumenbach added another category called Malays and, critically, he made a hierarchy.”
Note that he didn’t idiotically group Africans with Malays. Blumenbach believed skin colour to be a coincidence, of not much importance in and of itself.
” Alan Templeton, a professor of genetics at Washington University in Missouri, has shown that genetic differences on the whole aren’t dependent on a person’s skin colour, but rather where someone’s recent ancestors lived. Consequently, the DNA of people from Europe and Africa is closer, on the average, to those from Africa and Melanesia.”
Yes, genetic similarity is based on ancestry. Did I, or any other believer in race, ever argue otherwise?
Man can be classified into races based on the distributions of as many alleles as you want (the more you choose, the finer the classification). These classifications accord remarkably well with the classifications put forth by Francois Bernier and Blumenbach.
Time will tell whether or not these different races differ in important behavioral traits.