And as we increasingly expand simple concepts like race or gender, it merely dilutes them to the point of pointlessness.
You mean that as we discover that not everything is black and white, nature tends to be infinite shades of grey, we should just give up and stick with black and white?
I mean nothing of the sort. Can't imagine why you would think that. It's well known that in the hypothetical situation of lining up everyone in the world by skin pigmentation, it wouldn't be possible to make a determine what race a person belonged to. But let's say we wanted to get involved in some genetic diferences between people that miht result in their propensity for certain diseases. Tay-Sachs ideas, which appears in the genetic population of Ashkenazi Jews, and Cajuns in Southern Louisiana. Interestingly enough, this genetic mutation, which is fatal if two carriers have an offspring, can protect against Tuberculosis, which is why the allele persists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...–Sachs_disease
Sickle Cell disease, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... which is probably the one you are most concerned about, is one carried by people from Sub-Saharan Africa. Some people in the Middle East also carry this genetic allele.
People from Sub-Saharan Africa have Vitamin D Issues when living in northern Latitudes, and people in Northern Lattitudes are prone to melanoma when outside of their area of origin or latitude.
All based on the grouping of where the person originated.
Now where you are coming from is best summed up by a paragraph from Wikipedia's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Since the second half of the 20th century, the association of race with the ideologies and theories that grew out of the work of 19th-century anthropologists and physiologists has led to the use of the word race itself becoming problematic. Although still used in general contexts, race has often been replaced by less ambiguous and emotionally charged synonyms: populations, people(s), ethnic groups, or communities, depending on context.
Ideology. The same application of human ingenuity that allows conservatives to deny simple concepts like the Greenhouse effect, 20th century Soviet Communists to deny genetics for their more ideologically acceptable Lamarkian theory, where a organism can change into another by something akin to will. Where Liberals can declare Genetically modified foods as poison, while disreagrding that humans have genetically modified food for thousands of years. And for both liberals and soncervative subgroups to insist that the thimerosol in vaccines causes autism, then shift to "it must be something else, but its still the vaccine!" when thimerosol is removed and no change is observed - and to hold that belief when it is concusively proven that the researcher was invilved in a scam with a lawyer to strike it rich. Ideology can raise us to new heights, or kill us.
And don't even go to your next move, which would be to accuse me of liking crackpot theories like the Bell curve, which presumes racial superiority by virtue of averaging IQ tests, that most unsatisfactory method of measuring intelligence. It's bullshit, and tells you nothing about any individual person you meet. Also used mainly by White's are superior people as some sort of excuse for keeping those sub-saharan's out of power. Oddly, they don't say much about East Asians being presumably more intelligent then they are. It's bullshit with a not quite sane agenda group being it's proponents.
Just because the stupid end of society can't deal with grey doesn't mean the rest of us can't.
Well, aren't we just the assuming one. I call prejudice, assumption, and bigotry on you. You dear sir, are indeed a bigot.
I use ethnicity for the most part just because of the silly destruction of the term race
The classical definition of race was only three groups, Caucasian, Negroid and Mongoloid. It is not pointless to introduce more granular classifications, if anything it helps us understand all the variations that exist among humanity. This is how science and progress works.
If that were all it was, that would be no issue. But peolpe and ideology always demand that things like race be force fitted to their political agenda. Because it's a moving target, like moron, which stands for a specific thing, yet people conscript it, and now it's a pejorative.
By the time you are done, race will probably look like the ridiculous number of genders. In order to determine genetics within certain groups, some people will demand we don't include the points of origin.
And I identify my gender as a Lamborghini Countach. Which makes my race as Gearhead.
It does. It also illustrates your rather disappointing lack of humor. You wouldn't even have to actually find it funny, just note that since a human isn't actually a Countach, that the person you are writing back and forth with is not so serious that he's trying to inject a little levity. The closest thing to anything biting in is is the race as gearhead, which if you subscribe to the modern liberal definition of race as also classified by social relations, you are being pretty offending because Gearheads are indeed a social group, therefore unles you want to be a hypocrite, your ideology demands you accept gearheads as a race. We fit your definition. Granualirity brother (hope I didn't just assume your gender - I think it's okay, Brother isn't on the approved list of 88 genders. It's the perennial problem with any ideology, left or right. It always backs itself into a corner, and you have to defend ridiculous results of the ideology.
It's how fundamentalist Christians have to try to defend the Noah's arc myth.
It's where right wing denialists have to pretend that the energy retention effects of certain gases simultaneously have enough effect to keep the earth suitable for life, while denying that the sequestered carbon that we re-release has absolutely no effect.
And it's where left wing, reshuffle everything idealists end up turning simple concepts into meaningless messes. And where you don't understand why when a decent majority of people believe in most of your concepts, you are adament about derailing the train for the least important matters.