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The Problem of Minorities


by Margaret Mead - 1940

FOR THE LAST QUARTER OF A century the fight against race prejudice particularly as it applies to minority groups in Europe and America, has been characterized by devotion and zeal and a singular lack of success. Anthropologists have painstakingly documented the essential meaninglessness of the concept of race, as applied to European sub-groups; they have shown how tremendous is the over-lapping of traits between the alleged European sub-races, the "Nordic" and "Alpine" and "Mediterranean" types, so that it is possible to find Italians with blond hair and blue eyes and Swedes with black hair and black eyes.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 6 Number 53, 1940, p. 199-202
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14083, Date Accessed: 10/15/2019 11:43:39 PM

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