Y-chromosome testing and tracing I believe was discovered first as a viable methodology in 1999 for which it won a nobel prize in 2000.
So I don't know what people thought regarding race and DNA in 1998 or before, but I would imagine it largely irrelevant at this point in light of Y-DNA testing and tracing via Haplogroups.
I do know that the old concepts of "race" arising from primitive 1800s sceience and writing is dead now in light of Y-DNA testing and tracing.
The new "races" are Haplogroups.
If people aren't educated to this yet, that's just a matter of ignorance. But the information is out there and easily discoverable.
For example, it compeltely disproves the whole "Ashkenazi Jews are descendant from Khazars" nonsense. Ashkenazi are almost as closely related by DNA to the original 12 tribes (and Jesus Christ, for that matter) as the Sephardim or any other Jews.
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