How do you Define Race?

So, this question came to my head based on a recent thread here in this very channel. We talk a lot about race here–people try to call a lot of TS racist, there’s talks about equating various religions with races, etc.

https://www.census.gov/topics/population/race/about.html#:~:text=OMB%20requires%20five%20minimum%20categories,Hawaiian%20or%20Other%20Pacific%20Islander.

To quote:

“The racial categories included in the census questionnaire generally reflect a social definition of race recognized in this country and not an attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically, or genetically. In addition, it is recognized that the categories of the race item include racial and national origin or sociocultural groups. People may choose to report more than one race to indicate their racial mixture, such as “American Indian” and “White.” People who identify their origin as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be of any race.

“OMB requires five minimum categories: White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.”

So, here’s some questions to consider here:

  1. What does race actually mean to you?
  2. Are these five categories enough? If not, what would you prefer added?
  3. How much of a percentage of my heritage should be of a particular race to identify as such?
  4. What differentiates the races? Can you tell what race someone is by looking?
  5. Just kind of a goofball question here. What race is a person who would appear to be White but was born in South Africa be considered?

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