K.Anthony Appiah on Race Persuasive Essay by Master Researcher

K.Anthony Appiah on Race
A discussion of K.Anthony Appiah's ideas on racial identities.
# 44171 | 892 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2003 in Sociology (General) , Biology (General)

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This paper explores the conception of racial identities of Professor K. Anthony Appiah and how he addresses the fundamental problem with the idea that there are biologically definable races. The paper argues that racial identities in the United States, as elsewhere, are based on a social response to the admittedly largely biological facts of skin colour, hair, and the shape of the face. The paper contends that race is socially constructed in America and that it is essentially a biological reality.

From the Paper:

"In many discussions it has been assumed, and it continues to be, that there are Caucasians, Negroes, and Mongoloids or some term for people who come from East Asia, but then it is immediately conceded that South Asians or, at any rate, many South Asians don't seem to fit into any of these categories; that Australian Aborigines and Pacific Islanders don't fit very well into these categories either; that American Indians both in North and South America are hard to fit in again. He think that many people are inclined to suppose that these difficulties, these boundary difficulties, are the result, in the United States, of the fact of something called race mixture. It's easy to fall into thinking that skin colour and hair and the shape of your skull are more closely correlated in the populations of places that you have never been. It's easy to think that race is clear somewhere else, especially somewhere you've never been.
"The fundamental problem with the idea that there are races, biologically definable, is this: while there are differences in skin colour and the hair and eyes and the shape of the skull that distinguish the supposedly typical members of the various supposed races and while these distinctions are indeed hereditary, they don't correlate very well with all the other hereditary differences between people."

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