Re: Spam Query

Arne G Carlsten (agc@PINE.CSE.NAU.EDU)
Mon, 24 Oct 1994 14:53:20 -0700

>From agc Mon Oct 24 11:49:14 1994
From: agc
To: "Sherwin P. Hicks" <V935CF54%TEMPLEVM.BITNET@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO.EDU>, Multiple recipients of list ANTHRO-L <ANTHRO-L@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO.EDU>
Subject: Re: Hicks' bad day
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 1994 11:49:14 -0700

Well, just off the top of my cranky under-caffinated head:

The Turks and the Greeks/Balkan Slavs
The Persians and the Greeks
The Turks/Azeris and the Armenians
The North Africans involved in the trade of European slaves
The Japanese and the Ainu
The Japanese and European civilians in Asia during WW II
The Angolans and Mozambiqueans and the ethnic Portuguese post-independence
The Zairians (ex-Congolese) and the European residents in the 1960s
The Chinese and the Tocharians (OK, we don't know how much melanin they had,
but as speakers of an Indo-European language there's a very strong
possibility that they were relatively light skinned)
(The Huns and Mongols have already been noted).

Of course, the Persians were fellow Indo-European-language speakers, but they
were presented as having darker skins than the Greeks...

Which brings up the question: what exactly constitutes a sufficient
"delta-melanin"? How are we going to measure it? Can I change groups by
getting a tan? What about albinism and melanism? Is a "racially African"
albino a racist? Is the guilt expunged from a "racially European" melanist?

Even if we accept, for the sake of argument, the contention that the
oppressed can not be racist, Mr Hicks has made racist statements.
In the arena of this listservice, where race _is not_ apparent
and where ideas can be freely debated, he has made rude and abusive
statements that have sought to oppress those who disagree with him. Instead
of arguing the merits or lack thereof of his position, he has threatened
physical violence.

Arne Carlsten
Northern Arizona University