Re: Coon and Middle East

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 23 Nov 1995 13:23:09 -0500

Here is an anthropologist who doesn't believe that one of the four
fields, linguistics, has any validity. And that's my one and only
response to genderized baiting this time around. Ruby Rohrlich

On Thu, 23 Nov 1995, Thomas W. Rimkus wrote:

> 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.