Brilliant article, Sam.
Kudos! Your writing is so lucid, almost poetic! Bookmarking this for future referral - so many excellent points to soak in!
My tuppence based on Angela Saini's excellent "Superior": Race isn't real. There is no scientific consensus that it exists. Or how many there are. Or how to classify them. Racial categories we use are arbitrary. Moulded by social and cultural constructs. I genuinely think this book is the only origin story of our species we need. Racism in science is practiced by erudite academicians operating covertly, smitten by their own perceived superiority and doing their utmost to keep racism in science alive. I thought it was driven by ignorance. Turns out, it’s deliberate, pernicious, biased and incendiary.
I reckon it makes a perfect science-backed companion article to your brilliant writing - so would really appreciate your feedback!