“Race” Is a Lie

The origins of a viral meme

Photo by mwangi gatheca on Unsplash

For most of human history, we went without the concept of “race.” Without that invention, “racism” was impossible — both as an idea and as a social practice. This does not mean that humans didn’t sort themselves into groups, or identify their group as somehow superior to others, or use their power to force other groups into subordinate positions. But they didn’t do it on the basis of race.

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