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Ancestry affects our lives in many ways. Some impacts are subtle, while others are profound. Scientists are still debating whether “race” has any biological meaning, or if it is merely a social invention used to group individuals into convenient categories based on observable superficial physical characteristics.
It’s clear that ...people throughout history have viewed socially constructed categories of distinct races as “real.” And because not all groups have been accorded the same prestige and access to resources, groups labeled as inferior have been subjected to varying degrees of oppression and brutality, even slavery.
Despite these divisions, people from different ancestries have formed unions throughout history as a result of migration, intermarriage, war and conquest, forced assimilation, or voluntary choice (Kenan Malik, 9 March 2011).
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