Race, genetics and politics of

Ethnicity too.

I have little to say about race myself, but will bookmark some interesting links on that weird intersection between genetics, group politics, ethnic history, inequality, and fulminating diatribes that we all seem so curiously terrible at handling.

Next time someone is described as being “of Causasian appearance”, I invite you to imagine them thusly. Image from page 120 of Geschichte des Kostüms (1905). (No further metadata because Internet archive took their content off Flickr, sorry.)

To consider: How much of a problem is it that the many and diverse racial/ethnic frictions in the world are somehow disproportionately projected onto the American post-slavery state’s particular weirdness?

Genetically speaking race is complicated. Sociologically speaking, it is even more complicated and one of the complications, I argue, is that we think genetics of race is simple, although we tend to disagree along partisan lines about precisely how it might be simple.


Gharbi, Musa al-. 2020. Race and the Race for the White House: On Social Research in the Age of Trump.” Preprint. SocArXiv.
Johnson, Dan R., Brandie L. Huffman, and Danny M. Jasper. 2014. Changing Race Boundary Perception by Reading Narrative Fiction.” Basic and Applied Social Psychology 36 (1): 83–90.
Ross, Cody T., Bruce Winterhalder, and Richard McElreath. 2020. Racial Disparities in Police Use of Deadly Force Against Unarmed Individuals Persist After Appropriately Benchmarking Shooting Data on Violent Crime Rates.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, June, 194855062091607.
Sen, Maya, and Omar Wasow. 2016. Race as a Bundle of Sticks: Designs That Estimate Effects of Seemingly Immutable Characteristics.” Annual Review of Political Science 19 (1): 499–522.

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