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Classification by craniofacial anthropometry does not necessarily coincide with genetic ancestry or social self-identification. For example, about one-third of so-called "White" Americans have detectable African DNA markers.
And about five percent of so-called "Black" Americans have no detectable "Negroid" traits at all, neither craniofacial nor in their DNA. In short, given three Americans, one who self-identifies and is socially accepted as U.S. White, another one who self-identifies and is socially accepted as U.S. Black, and one who self-identifies and is socially accepted as U.S. Hispanic, and given that they have precisely the same Afro-European mix of ancestries (one "mulatto" grandparent), there is quite literally no objective test that will identify their U.S. endogamous group membership without an interview.
In practice, the application of such forensic criteria ultimately comes down to whether the skull "looks Negroid," "Caucasoid," or "Mongoloid" in the eye of each U.S. forensic practitioner.
Originally posted by blupblup
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
So what dictionary states the N-word as meaning ignorant?
You know.... the "true" meaning?
Not meaning to sound rude.... just curious.
Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
That was the Webster definition when I was a small child/teenager.
I was taught it was that meaning as well by loving parents who abhor racism.
I went to a Junior High School where the attendance was predominantly black, in the heart of the ghetto as well, and I never had problems with my fellow black classmates.
It was always the white kids trying to push drugs, alcholo, and cigarettes on me.
Then again, I was raised Christian, so to me, racism is ignorant.
Originally posted by SonicInfinity
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
The problem with that word is that, despite its defined meaning, it takes on an entirely different meaning in the real world. If the word "yard" suddenly became a racist slur, despite the fact that its defined meaning is not racist, it would instantly become racist, moderated on forums, banned from TV, etc. Flipping the game board over, you'd be surprised what words are allowed and not allowed on television in other countries around the world. It really puts into perspective the "sticks and stones" saying.
If the culture says the "N word" is racist and offends most people, then it becomes racist and, whether you believe it to be or not, you should be careful when using it.
Originally posted by Freenrgy2
reply to post by SkepticOverlord
To quote Martin Luther King Jr., I don't judge people on the color of thier skin but on the content of their character.
Who cares how much melanin one has?
Barack Obama does not believe that recent criticism of his administration's policies by conservatives is based on racism, the White House has said.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press spokesman, made the comments on Wednesday after former US president Jimmy Carter claimed that anti-Obama demonstrations were fuelled by racist sentiment.
"The president does not believe that the criticism comes based on the colour of his skin," Gibbs said.
"We understand that people have disagreements with some of the decisions that we've made and some of the extraordinary actions that had to be undertaken by this administration" amid the US financial crisis and economic recession, he added.
Originally posted by BLUE ARMS
Mod EDIT of crass post
"It is the federal government more than anything else that divides us along race, class, religion, and gender lines. Government, through its taxes, restrictive regulations, corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, plays far too large a role in determining who succeeds and who fails in our society. This government "benevolence" crowds out genuine goodwill between men by institutionalizing group thinking, thus making each group suspicious that others are receiving more of the government loot. This leads to resentment and hostility between us.
Politicians argue that stringent federal laws are needed to combat racism, even as they advocate incredibly divisive collectivist policies.
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.
The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.
More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct our sins, we should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty."