QUERY: (poll) use of terms "race" and "racism"

Richard L. Warms (RW04@SWT.EDU)
Fri, 12 Apr 1996 13:18:27 -0500

Dear Anthro-L members,

Roger Sanjeck begins the introductory essay in a 1994 edited volume on race as

"Let's be clear from the start what this book is about. Race is the framework
of ranked categories segmenting the human population that was developed by
western Europeans following their global expansion beginning in the 1400s"

I'd like to know how many of you agree or disagree with this. Specifically,
would you please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement:

The words "race" and "racism" are only correctly used when they refer to
social conditions and events since the 1400s, AND societies influenced by those
of Western Europe.

note: I realize that now all cultures have been profoundly affected by those of
Western Europe, but not all were in, say, 1600.

Please either agree or disagree and send your response to me rather than to the
list. I will post results on Wednesday April 17.

Thanks you very much for your help in this matter.


Rich Warms