The 20th century section had some unjustified cause-and-effect statements. Editors should realise that widespread social movements rarely have a single simple cause. In the case of racism:
- Racism was rampant long before the theory of evolution was proposed.
- Racism provided justifications for evil acts which might well have happened anyway. For example, it is quite clear that most of the trans-Atlantic slavery was primarily economically motivated. And, slavery occurred in almost all historical societies. Anti-semitic arguments in Europe were present both before and after the Hitlerian period. Jews were heavily disadvantaged in Russia when the official ideology was quite race-neutral. The connection between opinions and actions is often rather mysterious. Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:07, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
Scientific racism[change source]
This article was mentioned at meta:Talk:Black_Lives_Matter#Scientific_racism as an example of how
Wikipedia and Google automation are actively promoting scientific racism (screenshot near the bottom of the section). IMHO, that is not the fault of Google automation, but of this article. To improve it, I'd suggest:
Some scientists argue that although race is a safe taxonomic concept in other species, it cannot be applied to humans.. That sentence is neither simple English nor correct (it's not "some scientists", but "scientific consensus").
- Shorten the section on historical definitions of race.
- Move most of the pictures (all that are not related to the meaning of race in sociology) to another article (still not sure, which).