Re: Coon and Middle East

Thomas W. Rimkus (trimkus@COMP.UARK.EDU)
Thu, 23 Nov 1995 09:08:08 -0600

Just as some would find solace in rewriting history to better suit their
political agendas, others override the obvious input from their senses to
further intellectual positions. The problem of recognizing the
overwhelming evidence of physical differences between the various
groupings of human beings called races lies in the interpretation of
value imposed on those differences by a system based on power and
privelege and not on the reality of the differences. One cannot solve
the underlying problem of racism by defining it away. The same lesson
applies to the issue of sexist rhetoric. To simply change terminology
from "mankind" to "humanity" will be a short and shallow exercise in how a
power structure co-ops the meaning of "humanity" to meet its needs. When
"humanity" takes its place in the common lexicon, "wohuman" will be at
its heels.