What it is race?

The term race is used to distinguish populations of animals (including humans) from another. Many regard race as a social construct. The most widely used human racial categories are based on visible traits (especially skin color and facial features), genes, and self-identification. Conceptions of race, as well as specific racial groupings, vary by culture and over time and are often controversial, for scientific reasons as well as their impact on social identity and identity politics. Since the 1940s, evolutionary scientists have rejected the view of race according to which any number of finite lists of essential characteristics could be used to determine a like number of races.


1- each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics.

2- a tribe, nation, etc. regarded as of a distinct ethnic stock.

3- the fact or concept of division into races (discrimination based on race). For additional information on this subject go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race


Racism is a belief in the moral or biological superiority of one race or ethnic group over another or others. The term racism is also sometimes used to refer to preference for one’s own ethnic group, fear of difference, views or preferences against interbreeding of the races, and nationalism, regardless of any explicit belief in superiority or inferiority. Related concepts include prejudice, discrimination and racialism.

Racism has been used to justify social discrimination, racial segregation and violence, including genocide.

1a- a belief in the superiority of a particular race; prejudice based on this

b- Antagonism towards other races, esp. as a result of this

2- the theory that human abilities etc. are determined by race.

For additional information go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism

We need to be able to communicate with our children and make sure they understand these subjects clearly. Formation and education start at home.