Ethnic groups of the United States
Race and ethnicity have no place in biology, and are simply social constructs embedded in the collective works psyche. That said, some people find racial constructs culturally beneficial. The following is a discussion by other authors defining these socially constructed and institutionally perpetrated constructs. I find it important to verity to mention there’s actually only one race within the human species, which is known to science as Homo Sapien Sapiens. Biological race within a species is defined when the two distinct populations of a species are genetically incapable of producing fertile offspring. This occurs nowhere within anatomically modern hominin.
Furthermore, in response to serious misses and distortions by other authors; I must point out that genetics have shown that there’s more genetic diversity within any population of humans you try to identify than there is between any various population. Making it impossible to imply any pure population anywhere on the planet that does not indeed have “ancestors who came from somewhere else”. Humans have historically been well adapted to be able to migrate and the origins of our singular human race is in the African continent. Nothing I’ve said prefacing the other authors’s discussion on race and ethnicity is in dispute by the modern field of biological anthroplogy, nor could it be disputed scientifically with any veracity.
There are many different ethnic groups in the United States. Most people in the United States have ancestors who came from somewhere else, often from multiple places. Some people say their ancestry is "American"; often these are people from the Southern United States whose families have been living in America since before the American Revolution.
There are several races in the United States:
- White is the most common race in the United States. It usually refers to people from Europe or the Middle East (such as Germany, England, and Syria)
- Black or African-American refers to people from most parts of Africa.
- Asian refers to people from countries in Asia (such as China, Japan, South Asia, or the Philippines).
- Native American or American Indian refers to people who are part of Native American groups that have lived for thousands of years in the lands now controlled by the U.S. These are the only people who did not come to the United States during or after Europe learned of the Americas.
- Hispanic Americans, such as Mexican, are often of this category. Hispanics can also be any other of the other races listed above. Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race.
- Other refers to people who are an unlisted ethnic group such as Serbian People.
The race is not the same as ethnicity, however. Here are the top three ethnic groups in the United States. Since many Asian and Hispanic people are classified differently, most of the groups listed are white.
- The most common is German-American, which 42.8 million Americans identify with. Many people came to the U.S. from Germany in the 19th and early 20th centuries. German American is the most common ethnic group in over half the states. The largest number of Germans are found in the Midwest, West, and Pennsylvania.
- Irish-American is the second-largest ethnic group found in the United States, with 30.5 million people.
- The third-largest ethnic group is African-American, at 24.8 million people. The largest number of African-Americans are found in the South.
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