Science: All Human Beings

The idea of "race" and "racial superiority" has caused a lot of trouble in the world. Last week an international group of distinguished scientists working for UNESCO issued a report on what science knows about this emotional subject.

"To most people," said the report, "a race is any group of people whom they choose to describe as a race. Thus many national, religious, geographic, linguistic or cultural groups have, in such loose usage, been called 'race.' " Such groups "do not necessarily coincide with racial groups, and the cultural traits of such groups have no demonstrated genetic connection with racial traits."

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