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Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
Race is an Illusion
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    • 1. Race is an Illusion Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 2. Table of ContentsPage 3.....Question 1:2Page 5.....Question 2:2Page 7.....BackgroundPage 8.....Alan GoodmanPage 9.....BiologyPage 12.....HistoryPage 13.....MythologyPage 15.....VideoPage 17.....SourcesPage 19.....Resources Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 3. Question 1:2West Africa’s gold and salt mines became a great sourceof wealth. West African traders carried cloth, copper,silver, and other items. West Africans also bought andsold slaves. These slaves were a subspecies anddifferent race.What’s the misconception? Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 4. Answer 1:2Slaves were not a subspecies or different “race”.Humans have not been isolated enough to separate intosubspecies or “races”. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 5. Question 2:2The Period of Disunion in China was followed byreunification by the Song, Tang, Song dynasties.Despite efforts of Christians, Europe was a dangerousplace after the fall of Rome. The Chinese andEuropeans were different races with different skincolor, hair, and musical talents.What’s the misconception? Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 6. Answer 2:2The genes for skin color have nothing to do with thegenes for hair or music talent. Skin color isdetermined by sun exposure, not “race”. Humans aregenetically 99.9% identical. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 7. BackgroundWe all know that people look different. Anyone can tella Czech from a Chinese. Are these differences racial?What does race mean? Theres less - and more - to racethan meets the eye.Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies, like theGreeks, did not divide people according to physicaldistinctions, instead according to religion, status,class, even language. The English language didn’t evenhave the word “race” until it turns up in 1508 in apoem by William Dunbar referring to a line of kings. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 8. Alan Goodman, Biological Anthropologist“To understand why the idea of race is a biologicalmyth requires a major shift, an absolute shift, a shiftin perspective. Its like seeing, you know, what itmust have been like to understand that the world isntflat. And perhaps I can invite you to a mountain topand you can look out the window and at the horizon andsee, ‘oh what I thought was flat I can see a curve innow,’ that the world is much more complicated. In fact,that race is not based on biology, race is rather anidea.” Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 9. Biology 1:3Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic,trait or even one gene distinguishes all the members ofone so-called race from all the members of another so-called race.Human subspecies don’t exist. Unlike many animals,modern humans simply haven’t been around long enough orisolated enough to evolve into separate subspecies orraces. Despite surface appearances, we are one of themost similar of all species. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 10. Biology 2:3Skin color really is only skin deep. Most traits areinherited independently from one another. The genesinfluencing skin color have nothing to do with thegenes influencing hair form, eye shape, blood type,musical talent, athletic ability or forms ofintelligence. Knowing someone’s skin color doesn’tnecessarily tell you anything else about him or her.Most variation is within, not between, "races." Of thesmall amount of total human variation, 85% existswithin any local population, be they Italians, Kurds,Koreans or Cherokees. About 94% can be found within anycontinent. That means two random Koreans may be asgenetically different as a Korean and an Italian. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 11. Biology 3:3We all have the same 35,000 or so genes, over timemutations cause variations in our DNA. Today, somegenes, like those for skin color, come in differentforms. In a few genes that control the colors ofmelanin in our skin, different alleles, differentmutations occurred that were positively selected sothat many of us with very light skin lost the capacityto make dark melanin. Dark melanin blocks out someultraviolet light and is found where sunlight isintense. Lighter melanin is found where sunlight isless intense. Sunlight is essential to have adequatevitamin D. In northern latitudes with very little lightduring the winter, one needed every bit of light thatone could capture in order to be able to have adequate,active vitamin D. If we were to walk from the tropicsto Norway, what we would see is a continuous change inskin tone. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 12. HistorySlavery predates race. Throughout much of humanhistory, societies have enslaved others, often as aresult of conquest or war, even debt, not because ofphysical characteristics or a belief in naturalinferiority. Due to a unique set of historicalcircumstances, ours was the first slave system whereall the slaves shared similar physical characteristics.Slavery existed long before “race”, such as the Romans,Vikings, Chinese, Japanese, West Africans, Greeks,Arabs, Maya, Aztecs, Egyptians, Mesopotamians,Kushites, Indians (in India), and Sumerians. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 13. Mythology 1:2Where did the myth begin? By the 1920s, a single dropof blood reflecting African ancestry was enough toidentify any individual as Black. Twenty-eight statespassed laws forbidding intermarriage to safeguard whiteracial purity. Racial purification was one aim of theEugenics movement. The science of eugenics rested onsimple Mendelian genetics. One gene each from fatherand mother, it was believed, gave rise to any trait,physical, behavioral, even moral. Eugenicists used thescience of the day to advance a social agenda widelyaccepted - to breed the best and the brightest, alwayswhite, and breed out societys worst and weakest of allcolors. Eugenicists proposed a series of restrictivemeasures unthinkable today. Yet they were adoptedwithin and outside of America. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 14. Mythology 2:2Taken to their extreme, they fueled one of thecenturys greatest horrors. The Nazi propagandamachine pointed out that their eugenic policies wereentirely consistent and in fact derived from, ideas ofAmerican race scientists. Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 15. Race - the Power of an Illusion Video (4:59)Click link to play <iframe width="500" height="375"src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/V9YMCKp5myI"frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    • 16. Join the Pointe Viven CirclePointe Viven embodies living at the highest point,frombaked goods, to informational content, inspiration,andactions that elevate ourselves and each other.http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/2012/02/join-me-subscribe-for-email-and-news.html Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 17. Sourcesnewsreel.orgpbs.org Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 18. Images<p>Image: <a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net"target="_blank">FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p>pbs.org<p>Image: <a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net"target="_blank">FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p><p>Image: <a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net"target="_blank">FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p><p>Image: <a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net"target="_blank">FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p><p>Image: <a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net"target="_blank">FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p> Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/
    • 19. ResourcesABCDE Rule http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/2012/05/whats-abcde-rule-aim-at-melanoma-walk.htmlAbove Genetics http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/2011/08/above-genetics.html Pointe Viven - Jesse Bluma. All rights reserved. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/

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