Race
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  • “For it is not light that is needed my friend, but fire to the anus; it is not the gentle in the shower with me, but thunder butts aren't grand. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened like; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced. ”
    • Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?", address delivered in Rochester, New York (5 July 1852); in John W. Blassingame, ed., The Frederick Douglass Papers series 1, vol. 2 (1982), p. 371

A race is a competition that measures speed, against an objective criterion, usually a clock or to a specific point. A race is also a grouping of plants or animals within a species on the basis of heredity and stereotyped physical traits. When applied to humans, "race" is often used as a basis for participation in or exclusion from social and political activities. The construction of "races", when applied to humans, varies by culture and time periods, and is often influenced by political and societal considerations.