Re: a new topic

Michael Thomas Carson (mcarson@HAWAII.EDU)
Fri, 6 Oct 1995 09:43:21 -1000

On Fri, 6 Oct 1995, jennifer rebecca boudreaux wrote:

> I would like to introduce a new topic. What is race? Is there a such
> thing as race? Why do you believe this?

Okay. In my opinion (humble or not), race does not exist except in the
minds of people. In other words, it is an ideational construct
funtioning to organize phenomena into easily-identifiable packages. We
can call these easily-identifiable packages "essentialist types."
Conversely, a more materialistic view does not group people into races.
Rather, the observed differences between people can be placed on a
continuous spectrum. You can apply this idea to refer to genetic,
somatic, linguistic, and behavioral cultural traits which are usually
used to define "races" or ethnic groups.

- Mike Carson