I am grateful for understanding the genesis of "race" as a "social construct". A few years ago one of my former classmates opened a discussion asking whether race is a social construct. I wrote myself in circles trying to respond. To me, "social construct" held the connotation of an intellectualization and minimization of the experiences of life wherein my family and I were refused housing, could not stay in certain motels, were refused service or were largely ignored and treated rudely in restaurants, created silence when we entered some places, were called demeaning names, were the subject of racist pamphlets, and innumerable other situations rather than speaking to truth. My fear was that these realities of life would be relegated to academic debate. So, thank you for clarifying.