In Reply to: Re: Racism and Economics posted by Crystal Bourbeau on September 26, 2001 at 13:59:01:
I think the argument for Asian Alumni Conferences or Black Alumni Conferences is history. In Norma Rae when Reuben was asked what makes a jew different from a white person, he says history. I think that means that certain people get lumped together by racism and then treated differently and experience the world differently than other people. This shared experience, especially when it is shared oppression, creates a need for solidarity and that's why these conferences are held.
: : : 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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