Racism is real, race is not: A philosopher's perspective


EXCERPT: [...] Yet “racial” classification is still commonplace. [...] What justifies the continued use of racial classification? Nothing, or so I argue in Replacing Race, an open-access article published recently in the philosophy journal Ergo. I argue that there are no races, only racialised groups – groups that have been misunderstood as biological races. [...] This is not merely an opinion. From a scientific perspective, the best candidate for a synonym for “race” is “subspecies” (the classification level below “species” in biology). When scientists apply the standard criteria to determine whether there are subspecies/races in humans, none are found. In chimpanzees yes, but in humans no....

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