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Posted this on the A-kon Board

Okay so there was something that was brought up on the board. So now I want to pose the question here as well and see what others think, I like hearing other views on this cause it helps me see a little more clearly and have a better understanding.

Q: Why is it called race when there is only one race?

I personal think if people just get in the set that there are different cultures and ethnic backgrounds with one root to being human people would have a better grasp of common ground to start from.

I know I do things and act a certain way but I only do this out of fun with my friends that know me very well. I grew up in a mutli cultural school. And I was fine with this my background is the following; I am 6th generation Texan about 8 to 10th generation American. My family consists of European influences like Scottish/ French/English.

Yes I like doing research on my family’s background, but I have more pride being who I am now and what I am capable of doing or influencing in the future. Yes there are lessons in the past history that should be taken account, but I think a lot of people dwell too much on it and lose a sense of who they are now. And those that are posers, well let them be and they will find their self soon. Normally younger age groups are just discovering their own identity and go through what we call phases in life. Some people are luck and know themselves very well, others struggle with it. I have no issues with them trying to find their way through other means. But I can not stand people are fake through personality and leech off others to be popular.


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Feb. 25th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
The first thing I thought of when I saw the question, was the "Caucus Race" in Alice in Wonderland :P
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
Yes yes.. I see something else when it's really this
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
I just watched Alice in Wonderland the other day, after not seeing it in foreeeeeever. A DVD splurge well worth the money! :) But now I have it on the brain.
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)
I want to see it again!!! I love Alice in Wonderland!!
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
I wish I had gotten a copy of Sleeping Beauty while it was still available, too. :(
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
I have that!!! ^_^
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
Soooo not fair! I really want that.
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
LOL it looks like you got Alice and I dont and I have Sleeping beauty!

^_^ seems like a fair balance to me =P~~~
Feb. 25th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
Ah, but the unfairness lies in the fact that Alice is still being sold, while Beauty isn't. Hence my pouting. :P
Feb. 25th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
AWW: pets pets: If I find one for you would you like me to get it?
Feb. 25th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
I'm actually gonna look around on Ebay and such after I get paid this weekend, I think.
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC)
Because 'Race' sounds better than 'Breed'
But 'breed' is what it is.

There is actually one SPECIES: Homo Sapiens. But just like Canis Familiaris (Domestic Dog) and Felis Domesticus (Yer basic household cat), 'selective breeding' has created different ethnic groups.

Just like we have Alsatians and Rottweilers and Chihuahua's (Which are all species canis familiaris), we have Caucasians, Mongoloids and Negros (which are all homo sapiens). A human biology class I took in college claimed there are three 'subspecies' of humans (The three I just named above). 'Caucasian' includes the Nordic peoples, the European peoples, and the medeterranean peoples (The swarthy races). The negroid subspecies (Homo Sapiens afers) includes the African races. Homo Sapiens asiaticus includes the people of the orient, and the peoples native to the American continents. If I remember correctly, the arab races are considered mongoloid as well. Whether this is still considered true or not, I couldn't tell you. I have no idea how old the biology book we used at the time was, either.

So from a biological point of view, there you go.

There's probably a whole slew of sociologial reason for it. Humanity seems to have an instinctive need to differentiate 'us' from 'them.' A lot of our 'modern' thought is still based around concepts formulated 2000 or more years ago.

This sounds like an interesting research project:
Have a person fill out a form and enter their 'race' and gender
Then ask them how they think of themselves in terms of race and nationality (Give them choices)

Black (wo)man
White (wo)man
Asian (wo)man
Arabic (wo)man
Indian (wo)man
Hispanic (wo)man
Native American (wo)man


Tally up the results. See how people think of themselves
Hrm. that sounds like a poll for Unicornucopia some day...
Feb. 25th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
Re: Because 'Race' sounds better than 'Breed'
Wow that is alot of information and insight there. Thanks!
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