The Invention of Race

From listening to “The Invention of Race” I learned that scientifically everyone is believed to be from African descent but we all look different based on where people moved to when they left Africa. This was interesting because when people started exploring the world they weren’t looking at race because it wasn’t a thing yet, but they did look at how everyone looked different. They also discussed how “there is more genetic variation within groups that have come to be called races than there is across groups that have come to be called races”(1). Race was not something that was thought about until religion became a large practiced idea in England. While people were always owned and bought and sold no one was thought of as lesser until this point. The radio show also discussed well known figures like Thomas Jefferson and Ralph Waldo Emerson and how they were involved in the making of race.

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