British-American anthropologist Ashley Montague (1905ű99) wrote a book called Race: ManĂs Most Dangerous Myth, ˘in which he discredited ŠraceĂ as a specious and dangerous concept in the social sciences÷ (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia 2004:1). C. Loring Brace has discussed the historical origins of racial categories in his article ˘A Non-Racial Approach Towards the Understanding of Human Diversity÷, where he argues against the harmful effects of using the concept of race (Brace 1964).
Humanity is a single, interbreeding species. While people clearly vary enormously in their physical appearance, perceived racial differences are only skin deep. ˘The most recent findings published in 2002 by scientists studying the human genome have concluded that any two humans on this planet are more than 99.9 percent identical÷ (Marshall 2002).
Anyone who has read any history, or even watched TV or read a newspaper knows that racial, religious, linguistic, and cultural differences account for most of the flashpoints in human conflict throughout the world.
Furthermore, these divergences within nations and populations also serve to illustrate cleavages of class, income, property ű and ű to return to the theme of this paper ű the relationship of any racially defined group to law enforcement.
It is important to take the long and wide view of the history of human cultures