Barricade Books

Barricade Books

Someone please, oh please, get this author– Alon Ziv— who is trying to argue that race is anything more than a social construct a few seats. In his recently published book, Breeding Between The Lines: Why Interracial People are Healthier and More Attractive, Ziv proposes that interracial people are more mentally and physically advantaged. His website summarizes the premise of the book stating:

“Mixed parents give their children the precious gift of diverse DNA. Their blended heritage protects interracial people from common genetic disorders like sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis. But that’s just a small part of the power of genetic diversity. Recent research at UCLA and Penn State University found that because of this genetic variation, interracial people are significantly healthier and more attractive than people with homogeneous backgrounds.”

On Reddit.com, Ziv did a quick Q&A with users, where he argued that race is, indeed, more than just a social construct:

“Really good questions. I have experienced pushback from the “multiculturism crowd” by mostly it’s for talking about race in biological terms. There’s a very popular idea that “race is just a social construct.” It’s not true. Race has a lot of social and biological components, but certain people on the left get very upset when I talk about the biology and genetics of race.”

How can a man writing an entire book about race, be so completely confused on the matter?

Firstly, we need to discuss the difference between race and ethnicity. Race is merely a social construct, because it groups people together by phenotype and often can have very little to do with the actual genetic makeup of an individual. Take, for example, the use of the different labels “white” and “black” to describe twins– who share the same genetic make-up:

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NY Post

The article went on to state that: “There’s a set of biracial twins in the UK who are turning heads because one is black and the other is white.”

Ethnicity, however, groups people together by similar ancestral background, language, and cultural experiences. So these two twins, while described as black vs white, share the same ethnicity. But no one could or should argue that they share the same race.

Secondly, most people in the Western Hemisphere are actually already of mixed ancestral heritage and yet we still see certain genetic diseases in specific populations. To exemplify this, here is a breakdown of what multiple a typical “African-American” ancestral make-up looks like, per multiple ancestry websites that have come to these conclusions after collecting numerous DNA samples:

* According to Ancestry.com, the average African American is 65 percent sub-Saharan African, 29 percent European and 2 percent Native American.

* According to 23andme.com, the average African American is 75 percent sub-Saharan African, 22 percent European and only 0.6 percent Native American.

* According to Family Tree DNA.com, the average African-American is 72.95 percent Sub-Saharan African, 22.83 percent European and 1.7 percent Native-American.

* According to National Geographic’s Genographic Project, the average African American is 80 percent Sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 1 percent Native-American.

And guess what? In the United States of America, Sickle Cell disease is still most common amongst this rather genetically diverse population (African-Americans) and second most common amongst people of Hispanic origin. Most countries with people who fall under the umbrella of “Hispanic” are heavily intermixed with Native American, African and European ancestry to varying degrees.

While this author may claim that he has “scientific data” to support the odd theories he attempts to propose in his new book, a rudimentary understanding of the definition of the words race vs ethnicity pretty much dismantle its entire premise from the jump. And though this book attempts to promote interracial baby-making as if it is a new concept, the truth is that the Western world is already a by-product of just that and it still is far from perfect.

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