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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-09-07 07:57 PM
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49. Of course, that then gets into the whole muddled issue of defining race...
For example, a genetic survey was conducted in Great Britain a few years ago, and it was found that many Britons, a good fraction of the population in fact, have many genetic markers that were identical to certain genotypes from North Africa. They were able to date it, through genetic drift, to about the 1st-3rd centuries AD, about the same time Rome dominated the southern half of the British Isles. They attribute these similarities with Roman soldiers who "went local" many of those soldiers hailed from some of the most southern of provinces, and they settled in Britain, married local women, and stayed ever since.

The Spanish are another example of race as social construct, they are a mix of several different ethnic groups, over a period of centuries, Moors, Arabs, Visigoths, etc. have all mixed together to produce the modern example of the "Spaniard".

This sort of brings up all sorts of questions, for example, how far back in ancestry does racial identity hold true, is it one generation, 2, 3, 10?

Not to mention Mitochondrial DNA, which, when traced back means EVERY human being on the planet traces their ancestry to Africa, and, for some reason, I do not think that proverbial "Eve" was white. So, is everybody black?
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