I’m puzzled by the insistance of “race doesn’t exist except as a social construct” coming from folks on the left (/generalization) who then right after acknowledge that there are differences between “population groups” on “hereditary basis”.
1. A local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics.
2. A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution: the German race.
3. A genealogical line; a lineage.
4. Humans considered as a group.
5. Biology. 1. An interbreeding, usually geographically isolated population of organisms differing from other populations of the same species in the frequency of hereditary traits. A race that has been given formal taxonomic recognition is known as a subspecies. 2. A breed or strain, as of domestic animals.
6. A distinguishing or characteristic quality, such as the flavor of a wine.
Yes, race is also a social construct, quite clearly even — especially in places with differential laws for different races, and rigid definitions on who is what race out of a limited number of choices. But — and this is important — The scientific “fact” that liberals tout: that science has discovered (finally and without doubt) that there is no such thing as race biologically — is actually not so simple.
I also quite like the ‘historical’ arguments such as this (comment #25):
I said it is real, and it is a social construct. What do we have to gain by clinging to an outdated view of human biology? People once claimed the earth is flat, and we found that is not true. Now that we can test genes we know that there is very little difference between humans, and those difference do not necessarily correlate with race.
A better analogy would be that when science discovered that world was round — thus invalidating the outdated concept of flat earth — whole departments of “Geography studies” or “Close-To-Border-Of-Earth Studies” would spring up and start lamenting of the historical evil of flat earth herecy and it’s “privileging” of certain areas of Earth, and concluding that Earth is just a social construct.
And when someone points out that the newest evidence seems to indicate that the shape of Earth is slightly oblate, denounce them as “Geographicists” and “Flat Earth Supremacists”.
Ps. I’d think that opposing racism should be about opposing inequal treatment of anyone on basis of race, not an ideological crusade against science. People, just because we are (possibly) slightly different on basis of race doesn’t make some races superior in any objective moral and meaningful sense.
[Ps 2. For some readers: I no longer comment on Alas because Ampersand asked me not to, but I’m far from going “Sixteen Volts”]
[edited to to fix an italicization]