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FW: [SLE] Warning to Americans!
  • From: "Greg Wallace" <gregwallace@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 12:55:20 -0500
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On Tuesday, May 02, 2006 @ 12:28 PM, I wrote:

>On Tuesday, May 02, 2006 @ 1:39 AM, Randall R Schulz wrote:


>>On Monday 01 May 2006 13:36, jfweber@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>>> ...
>>> Note, country Identifications are NOT Racial.. there are only a few
>>> "Races" in the world. It is a very broad "class characteristic"
>>> IIRC Rather like "animal, vegetable, or mineral"

>>I suppose I shouldn't do this, but, I have lapses in judgement...

>>There is only one race of humans. Homo sapiens. There is no biological
>>basis for what we refer to as race. The tiny handful of genes that are
>>responsible for ethnic characteristics are but a miniscule fraction of
>>our genome and all the rest of the genome mixes and flows throughout
>>humanity without respect to those genes that produce externally visible
>>phenotypic differences.

>>You want to know what racism is? It's the belief that there is such a
>>thing as race.

>>Randall Schulz

>Well, though the genetic differences among races is minute, they are there,
>as you yourself say -- "The tiny handful...". But the difference is,
>indeed very minute (race is not a taxonomic category), and was caused by
>the physical environment where the homo sapiens with those characteristics
>originated. Skin color was an adaptation to differences in UV radiation at
>the different latitudes. Dark skin reflects UV more than light skin, so
>those peoples whose origins were in the tropical regions developed darker
>skin to cut back on the UV absorption of their skins. Conversely, those
>living in the lower and upper latitudes developed lighter skin to be able
>to absorb more UV. So, in essence, I agree with you that the differences
>among races are miniscule, but that to say that one who believes there is
>such a thing as race is racism is, I believe, going a bit too far.

>Greg Wallace

Then again, maybe the term "lineage" should replace the term race when
referring to differences in physical characteristics --

Greg Wallace

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