We talk about race, or avoid talking about it, all the time…but few of us really stop and think about what .
However, that does not mean that what we call “races” (our society’s way of dividing people up) don’t exist.
I've tried to tell them it's because black kids ore poorer and see sports as their ticket out of poverty...
but that only explaisn why they dominate football as a whole, NOT why they dominate all positions that emphasize speed. Tell them that is a product of the moment of time we live in.
Why is there a preponderance of “black” players in the NBA?
Why is the infant mortality rate of blacks double that of whites in the USA? In humans today there are not multiple biological groups called “races.” However, race is real and it impacts us all. They play a role in our lives, histories and futures.There is no neurological patterning that distinguishes races from one another, nor are there patterns in muscle development and structure, digestive tracts, hand-eye coordination, or any other such measures.Even something thought to be so ubiquitous as skin color works only in a limited way as dark or light skin tells us only about a human’s amount of ancestry relative to the equator, not anything about the specific population or part of the planet they might be descended from.In fact, these categories don’t reflect biological groupings at all.There is more genetic variation in the diverse populations from the continent of Africa (who some would lump into a “black” category) than exists in ALL populations from outside of Africa (the rest of the world) combined! There are no genes that make blacks in the USA more susceptible to high blood pressure, just as there are no genes for particular kinds of cancers that can be assigned to only one racial grouping.For example, in the USA the Irish were not always “white,” and despite our government’s legal definition, most Hispanics/Latinos are not seen as white today (by themselves or by others).This is a difficult concept and it seems to come up again and again, so let me provide a few points to bust the myth and to clarify the reality…There is no genetic sequence unique to blacks or whites or Asians.Societies, like the USA, construct racial classifications, not as units of biology, but as ways to lump together groups of people with varying historical, linguistic, ethnic, religious, or other backgrounds.These categories are not static, they change over time as societies grow and diversify and alter their social, political and historical make-ups.There is no inherently biological reason that most starting running backs in the NFL are black or most CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are white.Nor is there a “natural” explanation for why race relations are often difficult, but there are lots of interesting social, political, psychological, and historical ones.