The topic of race has always been sensitive for Americans, but why? In the realms of science and culture, it remains a disputed topic. As Evelyn Hammonds states, mentioning race in biological research has been labeled as "unnecessary," but it's evident that the notion of race remains "deeply embedded in morphology" (108-9). Racist attitudes universally exist toward minorities; these attitudes are reciprocated toward the majority (white) group in the U.S., whose "pure" population has recently dropped from 80% of the total population to 66% from 1980 to 2008 (U.S. Department of Education).
While in reality interracial relations contribute to the blurring of cultural and physical racial separations, the blurring of racist effects aren't evident in American society/research. For example, 72% of white youth continue on to post-secondary educations, while only 56% of African American and 62% of Hispanic youth do so (U.S. DoE). That this study centers on issues associated with difference, rather than celebrating the achievements of each, further shows our resistance to posthumanistic ideas highlighted in Fuss's article. In our opinion, do race divisions affect scientific research? What's a more positive approach for looking at differences? Why has the U.S. population of whites decreased in recent years?