An Origin of Racial Classifications

Using genetic variations in humans to support racial theory is outdated

By Vistra Greenaway-Harvey

28th April 2016



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Broadly speaking the term race is defined as “the traditional divisions of humankind,” however its usage and accuracy have been the subject of much debate over the last forty years. The mere use of the word suggest racial classifications inherently based on hierarchical and social constructs that seem to contradict the tenets of humankind and respect for nature. So where did racial theory originate from? This essay seeks to trace the origins of the concept of race in an attempt to understand whether race really exists and matters.

About Author

Vistra Greenaway-Harvey is an academic copywriter and legal researcher. As well as African commentary, she drafts consultations and legal submissions for local councils and Fortune 500 companies.