Though politicians and members of their constituencies argue immigration
policy from seemingly infinite perspectives and sides, one point stands
clear and definite: decisions as to who can enter the United States and
who can eventually gain citizenship status generally depends of issues
of “race,” for U.S. immigration systems reflect and serve as the
country’s official “racial” policies.
The Social Construction of “Race”
by Warren J. Blumenfeld
This presentation investigates how notion of “race” is socially
constructed. It arose concurrently with the advent of European
exploration as a justification and rationale for conquest and domination
of the globe beginning in the 15th century of the Common Era. Therefore,
“race” is an historical, “scientific,” and biological myth. It is an
idea. Geneticists tell us that there is often more variability within a
given so-called “race” than between “races,” and that there are no
essential genetic markers linked specifically to “race.”
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