In Reply to: Re: Racism and Economics posted by Eleanor on September 25, 2001 at 21:56:51:
: : Thats sort of what I was trying to say about race, that there really is no such thing we are all of a human race; there is no genetic difference between anyone. I think that most people identify with some sort of cultural background, and many cultures contain people of many different races.
: There is no SIGNIFICANT genetic difference between any two people. We share 99.9% of the same genes. The differences that do exist are randomly distributed and have nothing to do with the racial categories that we've all been taught.
If we have proven scientifically that race does not exist, why does it still circulate in everyday society? Does it simply act as a hateful way to make sense of difference and a coping mechanism for those who have endured discrimination? Is history the only thing that distinguishes someone’s “race” from his or her own eye color? How do we eradicate this thinking, if even at Mount Holyoke they sponsor Black Alumni conferences and Asian Alumni conferences? Why does Mount Holyoke have those conferences and not a Caucasian Alumni conferences? People would be enraged hearing there was such a conference, probably contesting there is not a need. Why is there a need to hold the other conferences?
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