Do We Really Know What We Are - Hamilton College

Do We Really Know What We Are

Of the total genetic diversity of the human species, only seven or eight percent can be attributed to differences based on "race"--that is, skin color and other physical characteristics. Compare that with the 85 percent of genetic diversity that can be found between different geographic groups within a race... "In other words, pick out two white people on the street, and they'll have more genetic differences between them than with a randomly picked black person," says Phil Klinkner, author of The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of America's Commitment to Racial Equality.

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