> A new study of Brazilians confirms what biologists have always
> known (but maybe not anthropologists?): namely, that there is
> no genetic basis for determining race:

The study discussed in the article was performed on Brazilians, a highly 
racially-heterogenous group -- and on a very heterogenous subgroup of 
Brazilians, too. The study is ridiculous; it's like saying, "There is no 
such thing as dog breeds, because we went to the pound and found no 
strong correlation between the mongrels' supposed breed and their actual 
attributes". Totally bogus. I will bet that performing the same study 
between groups of Japanese, Norwegians, and Ethiopians would give the 
lie to the statement that "skin colour is a poor indication of 

Besides, the concept of "race" consists of much more than skin color, 
despite the article's implication otherwise. Body build, height, facial 
features, hair color/texture/distribution, subcutaneous adipose 
preponderance -- all these are considered "racial features". While 
mentioned in the study, these are clearly relegated to the back seat, as 
evidenced by the article's opening line.

There very clearly is a "biological basis" for the characteristics we 
classify as race. It's called genetics. The statement that there is "no 
biological basis for race" is absurd on its face, and those that hold to 
it are either deeply ignorant or else have an axe to grind.

It's one thing to say that current racial classifications are imprecise, 
or getting blurred, or not useful for this or that purpose. All such 
proclamations may or may not be true. But to say that race doesn't exist 
is to be tautologically incorrect -- people whose ancestry originated in 
different parts of the world look more like others with similar ancestry 
than they do like those with ancestry from other parts of the world. And 
children look like their parents, so to say that there is no biological 
basis for race is to play the fool.


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