Historical definitions of race
This article needs to be wikified. (February 2019)
Race is not a biological reality, it is a social construct designed as a means to legally oppress, enslave and marginalize groups of people. Thomas Jefferson, when asked by the French how he could write in the DOI that all men are created equal, yet still hold slaves, constructed the myth that blacks were inferior and therefore not included in the application of American law. This despite the fact that we now know that the source of all human DNA is the continent of Africa.