s “white,” even though they came in many shades. There is no biological reality to…and “rationality,” and they came to call themselves “white,” even though they came in many shades. There is no biological reality to race — genetically, apart from the melanin, we are all the same. Whiteness exists because white people made it exist.
Brilliant article, Umair.
No punches pulled, actionable, visceral, feisty, perceptive and utterly readable! Kudos! Really admire the research and examples you write about. Bookmarking this for future referral - so much to soak in!
My tuppence based on Angela Saini's excellent "Superior": Race isn't real. There is no scientific consensus that it exists. Or how many there are. Or how to classify them. Racial categories we use are arbitrary. Moulded by social and cultural constructs. I genuinely think this book is the only origin story of our species we need. I reckon it makes a perfect science-backed companion article to your brilliant writing - so would really appreciate your feedback!