The Jews aren't a "race", they are a culture and Judaism is their religion. Just like Christians are a culture and Christianity is their religion.
Muslims are a culture and Islam is their religion. And on and on. For God's sake, when will people stop thinking that everybody who is
"different' per say is another "race"? There are only three race's on this planet we call Earth. They are as follows: Mongoloids, Negroids,
and Caucasoids. What signifies a "race"? Skeletal structure, physical features, etc... NOT skin tone, NOT religion, NOT geographical location
(anymore), NOT country, etcetera, etcetera. Each of the three "races" come in every hue imaginable. Anyone other than those three "races" are a
mixture of either two or three. Negroids are what most people would call the "black" "race", but the fact is, they also come in a "white"
flavor too. Many Asian Indians are what you would call the "black" "race" (or asian "race", or indian "race", or whatever) but they are
really just the "black" versions of what you would call the "white" race, which are Caucasoids. Asian Indians are made up of every "race", as
is every country, but people think of them as one "race" - they should be thinking of them as just one "culture." So the next time someone says
you're being "racist," the fact of the matter they could very well be of the same "race" and they should be saying you are "prejudice" -
because they might be of a different culture then you. What signifies a culture? Location, location, and location. How you were raised, where you
were raised, what religion you might have been brought up in, your customs, etc...
Because there are three races it makes sense that they all built themselves up in different locations of the world, seperately. But even as they
spread out, the underlying skeletal structure and other external physical features remained the same (almost no varition, hence I can say the
"same") - minimal changes of course occured inside, depending on location.
What caused these variations in the same race, or mixed? Adapted traits for the location they live in, over generations - mostly internal features
change to meet the "requirements" of their place of residence. Look at the people of Nepal, they have some of the largest lungs in the world
because of the height they live at. They need large lungs to take in as much oxygen as possible in the thin air at that altitude. I say "some of
the largest" because they aren't the only culture to have adapted to that height for living. They are mostly of the Mongoloid "race". Skin hues
are also an adaptation of the place we live in, and they change all the time, generation to generation. Different cultures have different adaptations
but they still come from one, two, or all three of the basic "races". Or maybe they truly came from one source, spread out, and for thousands,
maybe tens of thousands of years, didn't come into contact with each other - I still think the three distinct "races" were created for the distinct
regions of where they began, and over time they spread out to create distinct cultures (still the same "race" though) and finally intertwined to
create many interesting new faces and new cultures (now mixed "races", and some still "pure" non-mixed per say). Still, the three "races" I
speak of are indeed fact and this subject is VERY hard for most people to understand.
In my opinion though I think we should just rid ourselves of the word "race" altogether. People act as if a different race is like a different
species. We are all the human species, and we all bleed red - think about it Colonel when you go on your "black" this and that rampages.
of it really matters in the long run - you could be a Caucasoid or Mongoloid for all you know and are just the "black" version of them - not a
Negroid. Or you could be a mixture of two or all three "races", most people are - the majority of people on this planet are not from a "pure"
single "race" anymore, of the basic three. You can still distinguish what race makes up the majority of a person though, it still doesn't mean
they are "pure" though.
I'll probably do a little editing of this post later, to make it a little more cohesive.
[Edited on 3-3-2004 by EmbryonicEssence]