There seems to be a growing trend of activists and truth tellers who are not afraid to share their acknowledgment of common scientific knowledge – that there is no simple set of biological markers for “race”. There are more differences within one group’s phenotype (short/tall, thin/thick, nose shape, head shape, hair color, hair type, eye color, etc), than between different whole sets of phenotypes (African, Asian, European, etc).
Carlos Hoyt is one such Race Transcender. I learned about Hoyt and his study through the famous Mixed Chicks Chat pod cast where he asked for volunteers to participate in his Ph. D. study on Race Transcendence.
I was lucky enough to be his first interview! He prefers to meet in person, but will also meet on Skype via webcam (I used my old camcorder because my cheap laptop does not have a built in camera). Hoyt has a relaxed, down to earth interview style with an excellent set of questions to dig into the psyche behind our race transcendence.
It sounds like we are some sort of radicals to say that we don’t believe in “race” when major institutions are still collecting our “racial” data. Hospitals collect the “racial” information of our newborns, and the U.S. census collects our “race” every 10 years. Interestingly enough the census.gov website admits that:
The racial categories included in the census form generally reflect a social definition of race recognized in this country, and are not an attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically or genetically. –census.gov
I find it quite perplexing that the U.S. continues to use the word “race” when they really don’t mean “race”. But I digress.
If you would like to participate in Hoyt’s research, please submit your contact info through his website at racetranscenders.com