Re: Identifying Race

Dwight W. Read (dread@ANTHRO.UCLA.EDU)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 04:36:09 -0700

Recent comments:

At 03:29 PM 7/30/96 -0400, you wrote:
>In message <> Chuck Coker writes:
>> So far as I know, my daughters only race is Human, but that wasn't a
>> choice.
>My children are a "mixture" of Euroamerican, Native American, and African
>American. In the last census we simply left the "race" section blank. They
>sent someone around to check on us, just to see "what" we were.
Talking about the "irrationality" of race "definitions" is not very
productive without first defining what is meant by "race" (a) by you, the
critic and (b) by the person(s) begin critiqued. Recall that "social races"
are a "constructed reality" i.e., their origin does not lie in biological
facts, but arises for social intentions (for better or for worse).