A people is a collection of individuals regarded as a distinct group. Humans, unlike other vertebrates, are segmented into groups having differences in physical characteristics and culture. Humans belong to the Neolithic or Stone Age; part of the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age; and the Modern or Contemporary Age. Within the various periods of human history, there has been an evolution towards increasing differences in behavior and culture. People have become more differentiated genetically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
The great question in all of human history is, “What are the common ancestors?” The most common ancestry is Africa, followed by Asia, Europe, and Oceania. What this means is that all people, regardless of where they live, have shared ancestors who came from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Thus, all people think and act in similar ways.
This is good news for attorneys and police officers, especially when naming people for criminal prosecution. But it has created problems when naming people from the Middle East for criminal prosecution. For years, the United States Justice Department has identified approximately forty different ethnic groups, or cultures, which they believe are responsible for the criminal acts and activities of international terrorists. These forty different groups are referred to collectively as “the world foreign terrorist organization”. In recent years, with the help of law enforcement personnel and private companies such as al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Osama bin Laden’s cousin, Ayman al-Zawahiri, US law enforcement personnel and agencies have been able to successfully match a terrorist offender to an ethnic group.
Most African Americans, Hispanics, Arabs, and Asians are of West African origin. They are sometimes referred to as Black Americans. Most of them have African heritage. Some people refer to them as Black people or African Americans. Some refer to them as Black people or Africans. From West African, this word developed into people noun, but not into generic people noun.
Pus-filled envelopes containing a lethal virus called the Salkov antigen (Salkov-IV) were mailed from a laboratory in Chicago to families in the Chicago area, mostly poor and black, on April 21, 1977. The virus was one of two types of retroviruses sent by the manufacturer of the preservative, Cutter Laboratories. The other type was the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which killed more people than Salkov-IV. An epidemic of acute hepatitis caused by contaminated blood spread by needle-sharing between persons who had received the contaminated vaccine was blamed for the outbreak. A study conducted by the Chicago area Illinois Health Department linked the hepatitis epidemic to the receipt of the contaminated vaccine.
To prevent passing of the disease to uninfected people, the manufacturer instructed that anyone who had received either the primary vaccine series or the additional vaccine dose needed to abstain from sex during the months that the vaccines were circulating. Also, they recommended that men not get the additional vaccine dose within three days of having intercourse with a female partner who had not received the primary vaccine series. The primary vaccine was made to protect against yellow fever, diphtheria, and poliovirus. The additional dose was made to protect against meningococcal meningitis, pertussis, meningitis, encephalitis, and pneumonia. Since the initial outbreaks of this disease, safer handling, storage, and administration of contaminated fluids have been implemented.