Originally Posted by listopencil
Yes, that's the problem exactly. In the past this isolation of groups was more pronounced. Physical and cultural differences were obvious. Enough so that those differences were presumed to represent more profound and fundamental differences in humans that simply never existed. Anthropology has shown that any human can absorb any culture. Biology has shown that those physical traits can be passed on genetically in any pairing. Take a look at The Reverend Martin Luther King, JR. Now take a look at Eleanor Roosevelt. They belong to the same "race." Their physical differences are greatly outweighed by their cultural similarities. That's what I mean when I say that the term has no meaning.
Oh, I thought you meant it meant just "group."
I don't think it has no meaning though. I realize that some make this claim. Yeah, we're all the same species but there are still broad traits from Asians, Blacks and whites. I just think it's been expanded to include more than three races in terms of physical characteristics. Many hispanics share white European physical traits. I think what can be said is that there is no such thing technically as the human race. That's using it metaphorically rather than scientifically.