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Re: Races of Man

Privateers, in a world where we are still trying to work through the nightmare of the Holocaust, Bosnia, Ruanda, Tibet and various other bits of "racial cleansing" why do you need to bring this kind of message into a network of people who are connected by thin lines of blood and a strong common interest?  We have a connection that could work for peace not disharmony!!

At 02:26 PM 23/05/00 +0100, you wrote:
I'm quite surprised to find out that the Caucasian people of India and Pakistan have become Black!
There are only 5 races of man.
Johann Frederich Blumenbach, a German anthropologist studied skulls and broke all of mankind down into the five races.
Caucasian - which covers Europe, Middle East, North Africa and their descendants elsewhere
East Asians - the largest race of man, including Native American
Mongoloids - Chinese, Japanese, Koreans - the term means "like Mongols"
Micronesians - laying between the Asiatics or Mongoloid people and Melanesians
Negro - those originating from south of the Sahara
Over the centuries there has been a lot of in-breeding.  Indigenous populations such as the Aborigines of Australia, although they are dark skinned, are not related to the Negroids.  They are usually qualified as a sub-race of the Caucasian family similar to the Vedda of Sri Lanka.  In strict scientific terms "race" refers to the genetic composition of a population.  Many individuals can be classified as belonging to more than one race due to intermarriage. 
Racial characteristics are biological.  Ethnicity brings divergent languages and cultures.  It is taught rather than inherited. Racial, linguistic and cultural origins are independent of one another.  Racial concepts are often misapplied.  There is no difference in race in inherit intelligence or mental capacity that cannot be explained by environment.
As Ever,
P.S. Sometimes one race will act as if it is superior to another.  Only in the case of Scots is this true- we are clearly superior to everyone.  Those of us Scots or of Scots descent have known this for centuries.  The rest of the world has simply been failed to be informed of this.  While not actually a race of man, we are a unique breed of man.  It is probably the result of good whisky :p

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