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The discussion about Racism is one of the oldest and so convoluted that it is often easy to lose sight of a big question, one that we seldom ask: What can we make of phenotypic racial differences? What significance do stereotypical signature features such as Caucasian pointy nose, Negroid ruby lips, single eyelid Asian eyes etc., have. Well, in one word: Identity!

A race is simply an identity or sanctified heritage. It is not, by any means, deterministic of a person’s behavior. Just to clarify on that, members of a racial group may have similar behavioral traits and this is a case of causation versus correlation, a source of misconceptions. Without getting too abstruse, what determines one’s behavior is mainly social programming. With that out of the way, the surest inference about somebody’s race is simply that it is an arbitrary identity.



About The Editor

This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.

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