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In his article, "Mixed Blood", Jeffery M. Fish examines the cultural foundation of racial differentiation and claims race to be a myth.

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´╗┐Feroze Nooruddin Race: Fact or Fiction? In his article, "Mixed Blood", Jeffery M. Fish examines the cultural foundation of racial differentiation and claims race to be a myth. He begins by outlining human evolution in order to reveal the sheer ignorance present within racial classification schemes. He claims that, "like skin color, there are other physical differences [such as body type] that appear to have evolved through natural selection- but which Americans do not think of as racial". ...read more.

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Additionally, Fish strengthens his assertion by addressing the fluidity of racial classification. In the United States, race defines ethnicity; in Brazil, it describes distinct physical characteristics. Hence, Fish notes that his daughter can, "change her race from Black in the United States to Morena (brunette)?in Brazil, by simply taking a plane there". Racial classification schemes are always subject to change as they depend on the culture of the observer rather than the genetic makeup of the people being observed. ...read more.

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If racial classification had a concrete scientific origin, this could not be true. In order for the word race to have any meaning a significant difference in genetic makeup would be required, thus delineating human beings into distinct racial groups. However, this evidently is not the case. Fish believes that race does not exist - it is a myth that has been socially concocted to justify the exclusion of one group of people from the other, thus deterring our growth as a society and needlessly violating individual autonomy. ...read more.

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