User:The Mad World/Genetics of Race

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Race refers to the concept that we can divide our world into different groups using ancestry, physical features, place of birth and so on. It has, essentially, no basis in biology[1] but regardless racists continually treat it as if it does.


The idea that people are inherently superior to others due to their ancestry is a very old one[citation needed], but it got some real credibility in the 19th Century[citation needed] thanks to the theory of evolution. While Social Darwinism and Eugenics were eventually dismissed by the 1950s[citation needed], they continued to exist as social programs and be taught in schools as late as the 1970s[2].

In Modern Times[edit]

Unsurprisingly, these ideas didn't just go away.