Re: race in commercials

vivian avenstrup (avenstrup@SIGMA.OU.DK)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 11:18:10 +0100

You'll get no argument from me in that we are all one species!
The reason why I find it interesting to discuss these things, is that
people DO act/ think/ talk/ interact/ relate etc. with race or colour "in
mind". The outcomes of these interactions, be it e.g. racist (spelling?) or
adoption of children across cultures, can be good or very bad for the
people involved. What gets my mind going is WHY people feel that race/
colour matters (and why not!). What are the *mechanisms*, if you will.
Ex. Myself and a friend ("R") were in Namibia. A couple of our friends were
very eager to have "R" define what he was. Quote:"How do you define
yourself?" Him (very puzzled):"I'm Danish." They weren't really satisfied
with this answer, because they were asking him to define according to race/
colour - he's a mulatto (spelling?) - and "Danish" is how HE defines
himself (at least in relation to "Namibians").

- and MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY! (yes I konw it's a little early!)

>On Thu, 7 Dec 1995, Elaine Hills (UND) wrote:
>....I think it's all pretty crazy and out of hand...seeing how we are all
>ONE species! >
>> --Elaine
>--Carolyn Sawin-Wilson

Vivian Avenstrup