Race is Not Biology, but Biology is Racialized

We think it’s confusing too.
by Alexis Takahashi

A trellis of DNA strands drawn in the style of leaves and branches against a blue brick wall. The trellis imagery represents a more accurate depiction of human genetic diversity in contrast to the classic image of a single genetic family tree with distinct racial branches. Artwork by Alexa Fishman.

Many of our ideas about race are grounded in biological narratives of genetic difference. But what is the real relationship between race and biology?

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