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RE: Races of Man

Ditto!! the original reply was meant to respond to a young ladies comment
and question. I do not think of myself as white or European but as
Australian, and I have friends and family who are Aboriginal, Jewish,
Zulu/Bantu, Anglo-indian, and Chinese who think of themselves first as
Australian and this encompases all these groups. When I lived and worked in
the UK for five and a half years they seem to be very caught up on ethnicity
- in my opinion it should be ignored at an organisational level, the
problems start when you start treating peopleor groups differently. 
P.S. I think it is best this discussion finish! 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jean Stokes [mailto:sinead@milamba.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 24 May 2000 6:52
To: sinclair@matrix.net
Subject: 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

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
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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