Tuesday, October 28, 2003
WHAT DEFINES "RACE"? It has been clear to me for some time that "race" is almost entirely culturally self-defined. It has nothing to do with DNA. Jesse Walker points to a dramatic illustration of this: a case in which a self-defined African-American took a DNA test and found no African genes in his body.
"My son was flabbergasted by the results," says Joseph. "He said, 'Dad, you mean for 50 years you've been passing for black?'"