You may think you know exactly what race you
are, but how would you prove it if somebody disagreed with you? The fact is, even though
race drives a lot of social and political outcomes, race isn’t real. One of the first
people to attempt to categorize humans according to race was a german scientist in around 1776.
He came up with 5 different groups according to physical appearance and geographic origin
of their ancestors. American’s of European descent eagerly bought into this type of thinking
around the same time. Some historians have said the idea that there are different races
helped them resolve the contradiction between a natural right to freedom and the fact of
slavery. If whites were their own distinct category, then they could feel a lot better
about denying freedom to people who they labeled black and decided were fundamentally different.
But as political priorities change, definitions of race in America adjust right along with
them. For example, if were of Mexican birth or ancestry in the United States in 1929,
you were considered white. Then, the 1930 census changed that to non-white to limit
immigration. Later, when the US needed to increase its labor force during World War
II, these people were switched back to white. And what it took to be “black” once varied
so widely throughout the country, from one quarter, to one sixteenth, to the infamous
“One drop” of African ancestry, that people could actually change races just by crossing
state lines. Then, suddenly, in 2000, the government decided that Americans could be
more than one race and added a multi-racial category to the census. This has left many
Americans scratching their heads when it comes to selecting who they are. As many as 6.2%
of census respondents selected “Some other race” in the 2010 survey. The idea that someone
might look one way, and identify another way, or that they might be really hard to place
in a racial category, is not new. This is why there was a public debate about whether
MSNBC’s Karen Finney could say she was black, or how we can’t even agree on the racial label
assigned to the President of the United States. Of course many people feel their racial identity
is very clear and very permanent, but the fact that some people have changed theres,
and that nobody can really argue with them, shows how shaky the very idea of race is.
This is all because there isn’t a race chromosome in our DNA that people can point to. It simply
doesn’t exist. When the medical community links race to health outcomes, it’s really
just using race as a substitute for other factors, such as where your ancestors came
from, or the experiences of people who may have been put in the same racial group as
you. Dorothy Roberts explains that sickle-cell anemia is a prime example of this. The disease
is linked to areas with high rates of malaria, which includes some parts of Europe and Asia
in addition to Africa. It’s not actually about race at all. This of course does not mean
that the concept of race isn’t hugely important in our lives. The racial categories to which
we’re assigned can determine real life experiences, they can drive political outcomes, and they
can even make the difference between life and death. But understanding that racial categories
are made up can give us an important perspective on where racism came from in the first place.

The myth of race, debunked in 3 minutes
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100 thoughts on “The myth of race, debunked in 3 minutes

  • February 17, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    Race is real, but it shouldn’t matter

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  • February 20, 2019 at 12:02 pm
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    So your argument is because there is no "race gene" race doesnt exist. One this is a flawed argument with no variables accounted for. and 2 race does exist and for you to tell people their heritage doesn't exist is an extremely….privlaged thing to say…stfu

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  • February 20, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    All you've accomplished here is explaining how white people have used race to their advantage

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  • February 20, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    there isn't a race chromosome, there are multiple chromosomes that determine varying traits. All of these factors combined together make a human being what they are. Certain people of different descents of different cultures from different parts of the world have different traits. Skin colour being one of them. And as human beings, we use our visual senses more than any other. We see someone being a different skin colour and associate them with being different. Now sure, some people like I mentioned previously, do have differences based on this. I'm not saying any one race is superior or inferior to any other. All I'm saying is that race isn't a social construct, what we call race is.

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  • February 20, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    Social constructs are social constructs.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    The death of the white people in america

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  • February 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Yeah it’s all made up part from we have different skeletons lmao and different evolutionary paths that led to different benefits , brawn vs brains , a gradual switch from testosterone to grey matter . Europeans have around 4% Neanderthal dna and Asians interbred with a different early human , modern day blacks are thought to be near pure homosapien . But yeah apart from that it’s all in our head . The myth of social construct debunked

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  • February 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    The idea of race was most certainly not "thought up by a German scientist" in the 1700's. You're out of your mind. There are journals, well known books, manuscripts, word-of-mouth stories, and more from all over the world, all throughout time where people spoke either highly or ill of other races. The first that comes to mind are old Islamic writings detailing feelings of superiority over Sub-Saharans. You've packaged and presented Scientific Racism (as in the branch of science that studies differences in race) as the first inkling of an idea that we may be diverse or different. Shame on you. Do your homework.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    I’m telling people race isn’t real. It’s just a social and political stunt

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  • February 26, 2019 at 5:55 am
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    Vox debunks reality.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    what a lot of bullshit
    bye

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  • March 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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    Hey guys quick education lesson!!! Skin color is from environment adaptation! The hotter it is in your climate the darker the skin color will be. The colder the lighter. Heat can cause more diseases. Why do you think hospitals and medicine are kept cold??? 🤔Your welcome!

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  • March 5, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    im just wondering why is there races, like from what i've been seeing people believe humans started out in africa.. so why isn't everyone black? did people evolve to be different colors from the climate or what?

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  • March 5, 2019 at 3:55 am
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    If I were to agree with everything she just said in the video,
    I'd be the rebel. lol

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  • March 5, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    Everybody that still try to argue the point of RACE is the reason why we are labeled by RACE. Because what you been taught

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  • March 7, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    the narrator loves starbucks

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  • March 7, 2019 at 7:49 am
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    People who disagree – You need to learn the concept of Ecotypes. Races is very well a social construct. In brief, people living in different situations evolved differently throughout history. That does not mean they are different from each other, but just that the environment they evolved in made them different, as compared to some one else who might've evolved in a different environment and conditions. For example- An average person living in a certain African nation, compared to an average person living in US, partake in way more physical activities making an average African more healthy compared to an American, such as have more tensile/muscle strength etc. Now this better health results in better immune system and hence better chances of fighting diseases etc. as compared to an American. Now you can correlate these ecotypical evolution to race, but as we know, Correlation is not causation, Race seems to be a social construct. So before you all open your mouths, please be more informed.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    Something I wanted to add here … Race is a biological construct. Prove me wrong! 😊👍

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  • March 8, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    No races, no genders, no humans vs animals. What's next? Everybody is so intimidated by this political correctness (I feel back home in beloved Soviet Union with its heavy-handed censorship) that no scientist dares to raise voice in defense of common sense. God help us!

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  • March 8, 2019 at 4:51 am
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    The person narrating this probably has no other motivation of narrating the video, other than to receive a small paycheck so she can spend it on a frappuccino at Starbucks.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Intergration < segregation

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  • March 10, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    Everything in this video is wrong.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    I look like the average Scotsman next door. Blond, green eyes, pale white skin, 5'8" and so on. The only problem is that I'm Brazilian. Not that I belong to a unique phenotypic group, but people like me are quite rare in Brazil (except in the south).
    Anyway, I obviously identify myself as a white Brazilian, but whenever I go to the USA people there simply can't accept the fact that I'm freaking whiter than many of them (I'm talking about skin color here, not race).
    I'm a white Latino if you urge to label me. However they keep saying "no, you're not white, you're just latino".
    I wonder why are Americans (as well as so many Southern Africans, East Asians and Northern Europeans) so obsessed with races.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    Race does not exist …ok ,when you go and buy a dog and you want a Labrador and they bring you a Rottweiler can you see that it's another breed of dog ? Or is it racist

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  • March 15, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    @t a very good site on intelligence and race differences.

    Race denyalism is of course fully ideological.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 11:53 pm
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    Average white sorority girl that is down for a bbc on Saturdays

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  • March 18, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    ··LOL…We'll let nature select the superior race, the ones who will survive the climate changes due to global warming. That Sun's devastating rays will choose whom gets to walk upon the surface of the Earth in freedom. The future of humanity looks tanned. Soon, everyone will look like a Sun-blasted statue of shinning bronze, indeed how beautiful the future will be.

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  • March 20, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Racists are triggered

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  • March 20, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    If vox was sent back in time to report D day they will probably write a article claiming the military is oppressing non whites because they didn’t storm the beaches

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  • March 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    kinda hard to follow this video, when shes talking like she has blocked sinuses

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  • March 25, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Just because the USA could not decide for a long time what qualifies as white does not mean race does not exist biologically. Using mixed race people as an argument that race does not exist is also nonsensical, as since they are mixed they will naturally be harder to place in a category.

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  • March 25, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    The idea that race doesn't exist is so spectacularly stupid, that only someone very intelligent could convince themselves that it's true.

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  • March 27, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    https://youtu.be/VnfKgffCZ7U?t=137
    >When the medical community links race to health outcomes it really is just using race as a substitute for other factors such as where your ancestors came from
    >race is a substitute for 'where your ancestors came from'
    I think you just solved your whole 'race is a social construct' problem there

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  • March 27, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    There were white slaves. I am the descendant of one. He worked on a sugar plantation in Barbados.

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  • March 27, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    Well thank god u just explained everything in a 3 minute video

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  • March 30, 2019 at 1:09 pm
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    If you…relax the vocal fry a bit, this video would be more bearable to watch/listen to. You sounds like an obnoxious, self righteous 14 year old girl who tries to imitate a kardashion and sound as dumb as possible.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    Far-Left propaganda… you have quite large race differences in intelligence (and in brain size and structure). It is well-known by the scientifics and published in all the big journals.
    Shame to the egalitarian movement who lie.
    www.human-intelligence.org

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  • March 31, 2019 at 1:34 am
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    We're one race : The Human Race

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  • April 4, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    We are all from the same place, were are the same people, migration changed us, and its that simple. Yes were all Africans. Btw, Whoever is narrating this, please stop sounding like Paris Hilton its friggen annoying.

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  • April 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    People are different races. Get over it.

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  • April 6, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    At the end of the day, we all have the Same origins and some of us just stretch a little further from that but you can't untie your origins

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  • April 8, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    dude you totally sound like PC principles girlfriend from southpark

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  • April 15, 2019 at 8:01 am
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    I would like to point out that although her statement "no race chromosome" may be true at such a large and gross generalization of genetics (because there is not an ENTIRE chromosome dedicated to certain races) , genes most certainly do influence one's phenotype in the respect of race – both at the genetic and epigenetic level. For example, individuals of Germanic, and Scandinavian (to name a few) descent will generally have blue eyes or carry the recessive traits for blue eyes. This is because as humans migrated north, their need to absorb more sunlight and thus vitamins increased with less and less hours of sunlight and less and less intensity of sunlight per day. This is also one reason white skin developed. Additionally, among countless examples of these sorts of findings, is the flared nostrils characteristic African people. Similar to how alligators gape to release heat in hot weather, the nostrils of Africans would serve to gape heat away in their hot environment (the opposite is true for the various races of white people – the more closed nostrils worked to conserve heat in cold northern conditions). And there are plenty more arguments that can be made to relate one's race and origins to definitive genetic and epigenetic sources. So just don't take everything on the internet for truth — even this comment. Go and spend 10 minutes researching what I have said to personally verify it, by multiple sources. Although "race" may be a medium of categorization, that does not mean someone can identify as a race they are not. One cannot simply identify with different ancestral origins than what they factually are associated with. These traits make each of us unique, and rather than be a topic of contentious debate, could hopefully be a recognized and celebrated aspect of everyone's person.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    I don't understand the dislikes for this video

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  • April 23, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    skull differences

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  • April 24, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    Vox: quotes the most up to date widely accepted scientific and sociological information available.
    YouTube comment section: immediately breaks into chaos and racialism.

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  • April 24, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    The definitions of what makes one a particular race may change but the genetics do not. You cannot use beaurocratic inneficiency to justify that races do not exist as there is simply no correlation between the 2.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:51 am
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    Ok so why do black people have nappy hair and white people dont?

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  • April 25, 2019 at 6:01 am
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    Mitochondria Eve

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  • April 28, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Noneducational at best

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  • May 3, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    Oh My God, where did they get that voice??? Screeching nails on a black board! Aaaaaaugh.

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  • May 3, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    Thank goodness I only lost 3 minutes

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  • May 5, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Only masterrace is pc masterrace

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  • May 7, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    Imagine thinking race had no biological basis. These are the people who talk down to you every day.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    Why the narrator sounds like she is gonna break out laughing at any moment? This ain't such a funny video tho

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  • May 13, 2019 at 9:17 am
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    What are dog breeds?

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  • May 21, 2019 at 10:04 am
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    Wat's wrong with her voice?

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  • May 23, 2019 at 6:06 am
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    Want to end White Terror? Stop Trump

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  • May 25, 2019 at 5:32 pm
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    Race is real. It just doesnt matter

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  • May 26, 2019 at 12:39 am
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    The Navajos called themselves the Diné – the people. The Chinese called themselves "mankind", guest what that makes people outside their group? How come no one points that out?

    If race isn't real then why do we celebrate Obama being the first black president, or how Jackie Robinson broke the baseball barrier?!

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  • May 27, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    sorry but could you present me some scientifique studies about the matter ? i dont care about the existence of race i just want something that respects my intelligence, which is not what this video is doing

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  • May 27, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    Leftist's "Logic" :
    – Says that race isn't real.
    – Invents white privilege.

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  • May 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    A shekel for a good goy.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    Typical PC BS that muddies out the waters from seeing things objectively. DNA differences show how different humans actually are. Some even have different numbers of vertebrae. This is BS and should for truths sake be taken down.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Dog breeds aren't real either.
    But do you think you can train your Bulldog to herd sheep as well as your Border Collie?

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  • June 5, 2019 at 12:11 pm
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    Race isn't real… it's a social construct… try putting a Inuit in the Sahara… see how long he or she survives.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    DNA does not exist. I wonder how the air effects the way we think. You are what you eat.

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  • June 7, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    Equality is a social construct.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    Race is real. We have biology. If I'm mixed I'm a mutt.

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  • June 21, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    Isn't race just a set of prototypes common to a group usually with ancestors from a shared geographic area?

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  • June 22, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    great! therefore since race isn't real, no reparations right?

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  • June 28, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    if you put aside your presuppositions of the meaning of race , and instead look at the definition of the word race , you will find it simply means a collective that moves along similar lines .
    so race could be religion or even being a justin bieber fan !

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  • July 1, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    I still identify as Oriental, even though the term no longer appears on the U.S. Census form.

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    The Anthropological Classifications are based on a Spectrum with borders and markers being agreed upon by consensus, but of course there is no objective line and this allows people to near these subjective lines to move them when they see fit. It is indeed a social construct.

    Thus it is important to understand the Very Old ways of Race defined simply as. "The more commonalities between individuals within a group, the more justified it is to call said group a race".

    These commonalities go beyond material anthropology. They include, language, culture, philosophy, social and moral understandings, traditions and customs and of course Religion and Theology.

    I would argue that Religion is the greatest pillar of Race and a group of people without Religion are essentially also without Race.

    In 1 Peter 2:9, Christians are told they are a Race. They are the Christian Race

    Jews still believe even today that they are both a Religion and a Race.

    For thousands of years the culturally diverse people of India have viewed themselves as the "Hindu Race".

    The Islamic Faith is also the Mohammedan Race.

    And so on and so forth.

    Atheists, Secularists and Materialists on the other hand are without Race. You can't have Race without Religion.

    Thus to fight Racism is equal to fighting religion and destroying all the unique identities of the diverse people of the world.

    Every act of "Anti-Racism" is an act of promoting atheism and materialism. An act of promoting Communism. A rejection of all Religion and Culture.

    It was the moment "Race" was deconstructed to something purely material and anthropological that we already started to experience the decay of all people. The Materialist and Darwinist is the enemy of every healthy understanding of Race. And it is this disease that drives all of the forces of destruction both on the Anti Race as well as the Pro Race sides. The greatest proponents of both Racism and Anti-Racism are today controlled by Secularists and Darwinists. They may appear as though they are opposites, but spiritually they are one in the same.

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  • July 2, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Race is a real thing it just has nothing to do with skin colour is all. They are absolutely not "made up" though and people do make too big a deal about it these days, but such is the agenda.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Imagine denying different ethnic groups having different traits and characteristics looool

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  • July 3, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    Why is it then that black countries and white countries are so different, not just culturally? If you argument is evil whitey then how come asian countries that were colonized are still better than african countries? How is it that between different races intellectual abilities still differ even if all other factors were the same? How come we look so different? How come that we are physically built differently?

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  • July 3, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    There's no such thing as race but white people are racist. Got it.

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  • July 8, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    gotta love how hilariously unscientific this 'debunking' video is

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  • July 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    It sounds like she is crying.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 2:04 am
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    Pretty good for Vox. 3:08 minute video and only 3 minutes of it is fabricated.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    Compare the Sentinelese or an Australian aborgine to an European or a Korean if race isn’t real.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    People in the comments are either misunderstanding that race being a social construct does not mean it isn't real or purposefully putting up strawmen. Race is real but its basis in genetics is weak at best if not inexistent and we only view it socially. Socially it has an impact because it holds people back sometimes. That's why it matters.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    is there anything stuck in ur throat????????????????

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  • July 21, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    One race went to the moon, another hasn't even invented the wheel to this very day.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    This ain’t a race but I still take first place

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  • August 7, 2019 at 9:51 am
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    Science would disagree, it’s called forensic body identification, but ok

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  • August 7, 2019 at 11:04 am
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    Vox, based on our current socially constructed racial categorizations, (the ones we use to determine affirmative action scholarships), are there average genetic differences between them, a 15% gene variance? Yes or no? Stop quibbling about the racial purity.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 11:14 am
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    Bet Vox will never tell a black student union that "race isn't hugely important in our lives, how can you even determine who's black, the people who suffered under civil rights were people who's descendants came from a region closer to the equator, not nessicarily black because that's not real. The people who were lynched by klansmen were indistinguishable from whites, theres no way we can tell them apart."

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  • August 8, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    So I guess you can't be racist then?

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  • August 10, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    This is Foolish the quran says race is real
    God says in the quran we have created amongst them different types so they may know each other

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Actually the idea of race has been around for at least 5,000 years. It's in history books. The Egyptians, summerians,and jews were against other people's.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    There is only one race. We are the human race and we have power together, not separated by social constructs

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  • August 17, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    this is very socio-political

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  • August 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    race is biologic and is real.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    "The myth of biology, debunked"

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  • August 22, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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    If race isnt real, neither is racism.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    Why do blacks dominate most sports then? Seriously you'd still say no biological differences between races?

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    You guys should check out my Does Race Matter video! 👀

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