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No Such Thing as Ethnic Groups…It is All in Our Head Study Reveals.

090831212951A recent study from my favorite source the Science Daily reported that ethnic groups are a creation of our minds and not grounded in genetic reality.  What substitutes for what we think are ethnic differences are really the result of social rules and norms we have created to erect barriers between groups.  Probably as a way to promote the status of our own respective ingroup.  Which is wholly grounded in the science of evolutionary psychology.  The study also  stated that there is more genetic difference between the same members of an ingroup then there are between different groups.  In other words two European Americans may have less genetic material in common than a European and African American respectively.

What this means: This research suggests that our whole paradigm or perspective must change to meet the reality of the real world.  Just like our basic understanding of the world had to change when it was determined that the earth was flat.  So to is the need for a mindshift of our current mindset which promotes that skin color is a real source of genetic difference between people.   Leaders who get their followers to understand there is much more that connects us together than there are differences that tear us apart.  However, it is the differences if levaraged correctly that can provide the extra boost to excel past competitors.

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  1. Leroy
    September 2, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Ethnic groups as we know it cannot be loooked at as linking us to a common ancestry as thought. These boundaries in my opinion, were set because of how much of a visual species we are. We also put a lot of emphasis on fitting into a singular category. So instead of us looking for all of the things we have in common, we look to divide and group together. Ethnicity was thought of as a real, natural seperation of different genetic makeup. One wonders if animals were to group themselves into groups, based on visual cues instead of instincts, such as all the skunks with a white stripe more than 2 inches, disputed with those whose stripe was less than 2 inches, would humans then see how absurd some of the things we consider normal are. There was also on average more difference in genetic makeup of people of the same ethnic group, than those of different ones. This should tell us that we are trying hard to keep these supposed natural distinctions, seperate. With all information coming out now saying that what we have believed for so long, scientifically is just not true, when will the world wake up, when will people fight this notion, that seperation is good. All of the conflicts that arise because of allegiance to a long standing belief that we are binded genetically needs to be debunked by those with the influence and visibility to actually move the world into a new era of coopeartion, and celebration of our differences.

  2. September 2, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Very Well said Leroy. I appreciated this article because it got to what I’ve been saying for a long time now. Many of us who actually read and listen to the facts know that race is just something we use to seperate ourselves. When will everyone WAKE UP and see that I am NO different than a Chinese woman? In fact, it is more likely that I am MORE different than another black woman. We have to really nurture these facts in order to promote them and get them in the public eye. Leroy is right when he says powerful people, role models, need to be spreading these facts and this message that it really, honestly, no doubtly (if that’s a word) matters how light, dark, red or yellow someone is. We in America need to get this through our heads or the rest of the world is going to laugh and leave us behind.

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