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#71 14 years ago

Yeah, Arabs and Indians are considered Caucasoid, along with whites. Most Jews are white, the "Jewish race" is a myth, that "race" is more a kind of German sub-race than anything else.

Native Americans, East and Central Asians, Polynesians, and Siberians are considered Mongoloid.

Blacks are considered Negroid. Right, that takes care of most all of them.

One of the main problems is that "mongoloid" was co-opted to describe people with Down's Syndrome. Also, these racial classifications are considered to be unfairly discriminatory, esp. for those who have mixed genes. I consider them generaly obsolete. However, some things, like sickle-cell anemia in blacks, can be traced to racial traits due to regional influences.




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#72 14 years ago

moofYeah, Arabs and Indians are considered Caucasoid, along with whites. Most Jews are white, the "Jewish race" is a myth, that "race" is more a kind of German sub-race than anything else.

Native Americans, East and Central Asians, Polynesians, and Siberians are considered Mongoloid.

Blacks are considered Negroid. Right, that takes care of most all of them.

Yep, that's true. But I had thought that Polynesians were closer to Negroid? Perhaps I'm thinking of aboriginals of Australia.

One of the main problems is that "mongoloid" was co-opted to describe people with Down's Syndrome. Also, these racial classifications are considered to be unfairly discriminatory, esp. for those who have mixed genes. I consider them generaly obsolete. However, some things, like sickle-cell anemia in blacks, can be traced to racial traits due to regional influences.

Yes, back when insulting Oriental or Asian people was very common, people would call people with Downs Syndrome that. I agree, they are not as revelant as they were long ago; humans are so different, so mixed, that it is extremely rare to find a person who is solely belonging to one of those groups. Years ago I read that humans are more diverse than any other species on the planet, except for dogs maybe. Makes it difficult to classify us.




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#73 14 years ago
NordicvsYears ago I read that humans are more diverse than any other species on the planet, except for dogs maybe. Makes it difficult to classify us.

Yes. That is the reason why most human biologists think that the classifications are obsolete and not necessary anyway. We are too diverse to be classified.




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#74 14 years ago

Or, you'd have to do it like cat/dog breeders do, with whole fields of criteria and categories.