Re: In which I change my mind again.

Robert Snower (rs222@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 22:46:04 +0000

At 03:11 PM 10/9/96 +0000, Ronald Kephart wrote:

> . . . let's NOT leave it to the sociologists, or the
>psychologists, or the lawyers, or anybody else. WE are the folks uniquely
>qualified to research and speak out on this topic. As long as we leave the
>field to these people, the assumption that the folk model of race has the same
>scientific status as the analytic model of race will continue to impede popular
>understanding of the issue.

>Ron Kephart
>University of North Florida

But it is the "folk models of race" which are the ones people use as markers
to identify the cultures to which they, and others, belong, not some
"scientific" kind. A shift from the "folk" to the "scientific" would not
bring the solution sought for. The trouble starts, not with the "folk
models of race," but with agendas which render these models politically and
economically significant, instead of insignificant.

Best wishes. R. Snower