Rod Hagen (
Fri, 03 Feb 1995 12:24:44 +1000

In article <3gf15g$>,
(Michael Andrew Turton) wrote:

> NEWS FLASH: "Nigerian" has the same level of meaning as "American."
> There is no "nigerian" ethnic group, just a loose (or tight) association of
> a number of different people with widely varying amounts of melanin etc
> etc in their skin. In fact, the distance between an australian aborigine
> and a nigerian is about as far as you can get: that between fiction and
> reality (!).

Furthermore, given that many Australian Aborigines today (the majority),
have at least one antecedent from post invasion times from places as
diverse as Europe, India, Africa and Asia,the comparison breaks down at
the Australian end too. Australian Aborigines are a cultural bloc,
identified by cultural factors, by social identification, by beliefs and
practices, not a separate "sub species" of humanity.

Rod Hagen