Race is always a controversial issue in today’s society. The issue is the idea of race is just that an idea. There is no real way to measure or verify race in any way. It is a social idea made to explain a difference in skin pigment. So, what is really race and how does it work in a scientific sense versus our personal ideas of what race is?
A lot of doctors look into race because a large amount of illnesses are related to race in that some races have a higher chance to get one illness over another. In one source, Cardiovascular diseases in Racial and Ethnic Minorities, there is a discussion on what race people think they were versus where their genes came from. The source looked at their genes to find where they were from and found that people who identified identified as Caucasian were usually only had European roots while those who were African-American had a much larger mix of racial backgrounds. This makes sense due to slavery and a massive amount of discrimination which led to a lot of mixed race children who lived mainly in the African-American community so that is what they identified as African-American more.
In another study on the Nature of Genetics website, there is a discussion on the genetics of race. It also goes over how genetics can show where people comes from but can not define race. There are too many genes and combinations to find the link between skin tone and genes. Addition, as show above people do not always know where they come from so they could be more then one race which muddies the water even more. This source even goes over how so many other factors affect the rate of illnesses more then race can. It seems that the deep scientists look into race the more they find very little genetic info to explain race.
This is not the only source that found this. In another study Sage Journals, Social Study of Sciences, found that a lot of scientists who look into genetics make sure to say their research does not show anything that connects or defines race. It is a societal concept not an actual scientific idea. People can use it to say one group of people are smarter then others to more prone to something but in the end that is outside societal factors not genetic factors. The world made the idea of race not nature. While genes have to do with race there is no scientific way to define it.