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Race

The term race is commonly used to distinguish a population of humans from other populations.

The most widely used human racial categories are based on visible traits (especially skin color and facial features), genes, and self-identification.

Conceptions of race, as well as specific racial groupings, vary by culture and time and are often controversial due to their impact on social identity and identity politics.

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