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Re: multiracial
In Response To: Re: multiracial ()

There are terms and concepts that come from the past that many of us still use these days. Sometimes that's good, other times, not so good. No doubt, it's good to know and understand history, but for me, knowing when to 'let go' of some of those practices and beliefs, of those who came before us is essential for growth.

As examples, "the one drop theory" (rule) was obviously a 'construct' developed for political and controlling reasons, by European Americans. The terms Mulatto, Quadroon, Octoroon, Sambo, etc., etc. were also European and European American terms used to define how much European blood a Non (full-blooded) -European person had (and the terms were/are usually used incorrectly in the western hemisphere). Full-blooded (as defined by earlier Europeans) meant, having only European blood for the past 300 years).

According to modern science, there is ONLY the Human Race. All other races of peoples have died off...at least 60,000 years ago. More research into DNA may support or reject that belief.

German, French, English, Kenyan, Ivory Coast, etc., etc., are all nationalities, not races! And, it's debatable, if they're even ethnicities. Many people who are U.S. citizens, or Brazilians, or Canadians (nationalities) are not ethnically the same, even in their own country (nation) of birth.

My point being, in this country (the U.S.), we seem to use words that originally had very specific meanings, very loosely. (Even though some of those terms were ambiguous from the beginning.)

I reject the use of the concept of race in humans. It is a construct, not a fact of reality. Further, I understand that not everyone is of that mind-set. And, for those who aren't, I'm interested in how they process the old with the new? Words are tools that we all use to convey to others, our thoughts. Which tools do we use...the old or the new...or what?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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