Re: In which I change my mind again.

Ronald Kephart (rkephart@OSPREY.UNF.EDU)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 20:09:02 -0400

In message <19961009224602.AAA17900@LOCALNAME> Robert Snower writes:

> But it is the "folk models of race" which are the ones people use as markers
> to identify the cultures to which they, and others, belong, not some
> "scientific" kind. A shift from the "folk" to the "scientific" would not
> bring the solution sought for. The trouble starts, not with the "folk
> models of race," but with agendas which render these models politically and
> economically significant, instead of insignificant.

I think I basically agree. But don't you think that the presumed "scientific"
status of the folk racial categories helps perpetuate the agendas, with their
ensuing social, political, and economic consequences, and that therefore the
debunking of that scientific status might help undermine those agendas?

Ron Kephart
University of North Florida