In the work, "The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America", Professor Graves shows conclusively that there is no such thing as racial subdivisions among Homo sapiens. He shows that the use of the term "race" was introduced by Europeans in order to denigrate non-Europeans. Continuing the use of the term "race" and its related derivations legitimizes and plays directly into the hand of that tactic. We must develop new language to explore the nature and origin of our prejudice. Differing human physical characteristics are associated with geographical location. There is no such thing as race among humans.
I am of mixed ancestry: European, Jewish, Native American and possibly others. I am referred to as "white", though my skin color is closer to reddish beige. I have never seen a person with white skin and though I have traveled around the world to many countries, including Africa and India, I have never seen a person with white or black skin. I have seen people with very dark brown skin, olive skin,, tan, light brown, but not black or white. Even the darkest skin color I have ever seen, in person or in photographs, was not black. The lightest skin I have ever seen, in person or in photographs, also was not white by any stretch of the imagination. The imprecision of our terminology does not serve us well in the quest for understanding and social intellectual/emotional growth.
The science based work by Professor Joseph Graves is an eye opener. Everyone should read it. If it is taken seriously, people will stop using these inaccurate terms to discuss our prejudice. Then, real progress can be made.