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Letter: Racial identity is complex

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Federal law makes racial discrimination illegal. So, how do you prove the actual specific racial differences of the individuals involved? Must the act be intentional? Can an individual racially discriminate against someone of their own race?

Humans, walking upright, existed in 313,000 B.C.

 Given 25 years between generations, that’s 12,600 generations and 25,200 ancestors. Mathematically, to be 100 percent of a race, an individual’s ancestors must all be 100 percent of the same race. Otherwise, each individual is multiracial.

 Ancestral records are incomplete, lost, and inaccurate, i.e., the father’s identity. Thus, the specific racial identity of the first humans is unknown.

 Dictionaries provide common use definitions, i.e., race, not the specific racial identity of individuals. Definitions change over time based on the social interactions in society.

Biological identity occurs at birth. If race exists, one’s specific racial identity is unchangeable and undeterminable. Race has nothing to do with the value of a person. Using the perceptions of one’s skin color is the greatest destructive, self-inflicted, and unnecessary social failure in our society. It limits our potential. Don’t we have higher priorities?

Try proving logically your own racial identity.

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