Letter to the Editor
When I filled out my census form I decided that I wasn’t going to answer the questions on what my race is for two reasons. First, racial classifications is in itself a form of racism in that we are not racially equal until race is unimportant. But an even better reason is that the question is scientifically meaningless.
President Obama answer on the census form is one of the best examples of how scientifically meaningless the race question is. Obama answered that he was “African-American” even though he mother is white. So he didn’t follow the rules. But more importantly, from the perspective of biological anthropology, there isn’t any one gene, characteristic, or trait that distinguished race. In the human race there is extremely little genetic diversity and if you go back far enough, we all come from Africa.
What we call race is really a social construct that describes cultural and language differences and the way different groups interact with the world. And even from that perspective Obama is a mutt. I think if I had it to do over again I would have written in mutt, because that is what we all really are. I think we would get over the race issu faster if we all started considering all of us to be the same race.