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Intellectuals and Race

ropati Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 9:20 AM
Can we start with the correction that there is only one race? Homo sapiens. We teach this in biology class, then go merrily on our way talking about "races." We have ethnicities, not races. If there were multiple races, it would be impossible for humans to reproduce with other "races." When I hear this term, I ask, "How many races are there? 3? 5,000?" No one can give me a number, because there is only one. This "race" stuff was cooked up by politicians to keep people divided into voting blocks. It stinks. Take away their terminology and see how differently we all think about this. I am a teacher who will not tolerate this misuse of terms in my class.
America is Over Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 3:47 PM
I agree. We are all one race.

And some of us are smarter than others. Some of our cultures are better than others.

Liberals hate that.
talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 12:01 PM
There are genetic concentrations, due to isolated groups intermarrying and stronger genes dominating in the group. Thus we get; short, tall, slender, husky, and other body shapes defining certain geographic areas. Hair, eye, and skin tones are also concentrations of a certain gene pool from eons of intermarrying in isolated groups, due to certain genes becoming dominant in that area. other dominant features typyfy certain regions of the world. When these people begin intermarrying with those from other regions, they soon become a more homogenous looking group. It takes several generations for the homogenation to take place.
ropati, do I get an A on my test answer?
Younger Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 11:27 AM
Quite true. I just remembered a joke from about seventy years ago--"What can you tell me about the Japanese race?" "I don't know; I was not there when it was held."

After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest book, "Intellectuals and Race," one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There's so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty.

Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of blacks to "a legacy of slavery" or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain's lower-class whites, which can't be attributed to "a legacy of slavery" or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for black behavior.

It's lamented that blacks are "the last hired" and, during an economic downturn, "the first fired," because...