posted on Mar, 21 2009 @ 09:56 PM
I agree with TheMythLives, generally.
Most things considered racial are not racial, they are cultural. Culture both large (by country), medium (by religion, by economic class) and small
(by unique family situation).
That aside, there is a definite and serious genetic issue. Some genetic lines are much more prone to certain disease in the face of unlimited
carbohydrate food supply for example; there are vastly more fat N American natives than N American chinese for example, as a result of that.
However I do not believe that the study of genetics has progressed to the point where issues related to basic psychology have even been addressed,
probably due to some (maybe legitimate) fear this would breed racism. I'm not real familiar with the field so I can't say for sure.
I am 14 nationalities. In my family as cousins or inlaws I have just about every race/nationality that I am not. We're a walking United Colors of
Benetton ad. We've even got physically disabled, mentally disabled, gay and lesbian, criminals and so on -- I mean every "major category" of
individual that tends to get a focus, we've got. And yet, I don't really see any specific difference I can attribute to race with all of us.
And it certainly gets confusing with a mutt like me. You can't look at a person like 14.5% cherokee and 28.7% scott and so on, that's pointless. You
pretty much just have to look at the genetic set at micro, or the individual at macro, and see what you get. Racial blends, the 'race of tan' so to
speak, do kind of make it clear that while genetics vary in ALL races (that's why children are more prone to be like natural parents than adoptive
families, but are prone to be different than siblings; I am much more like one of my whacky aunts than anyone else in the family for example), there
is not really any "list of assumptions" that you can make about anybody based on the color of their skin.
I think in today's world, we have a lot of cultural prejudices, and the people from that culture are recognized by the color of their skin, their
type of dress, etc. and this leads in some cases to them holding the bias against a race, and/or to others assuming that the bias is against the