The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America

The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America

by Joseph Graves


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The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America by Joseph Graves

"An enlightening and provocative work."—Booklist

Preeminent evolutionary biologist Joseph Graves proves once and for all that it doesn’t. Through accessible and compelling language, he makes the provocative argument that science cannot account for the radical categories used to classify people, and debunks ancient race-related fallacies that are still held as fact, from damaging medical profiles to misconceptions about sports. He explains why defining race according to skin tone or eye shape is woefully inaccurate, and how making assumptions based on these false categories regarding IQ, behavior, or predisposition to disease has devastating effects.

Demonstrating that racial distinctions are in fact social inventions, not biological truths, The Race Myth brings much-needed, sound science to one of America’s most emotionally charged debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452286580
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 812,713
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph L. Graves Jr. is one of the world’s leading evolutionary biologists. He is currently Professor & Associate Dean for Research at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has appeared in multiple documentaries about race and his opinions have appeared in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

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