Page 6 of 6 FirstFirst ... 456
Results 51 to 54 of 54

Thread: A kiss is just a kiss well, not this one

  1. #51
    Sage
    Khayembii Communique's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 12:31 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    7,879

    Re: A kiss is just a kiss well, not this one

    So people weren't attacked on their physical traits and skin color? When someone tried to enter a bathroom they were asked for a government ID card designating their race because people couldn't tell race by looking at each other since physical differences between races don't actually exist?
    As race is a social construct, whoever was generally deemed to be of one race was usually treated as a member of that race. However, in legal matters where the question of race was taken to court the government ultimately decided what race you are. A popular example of this is the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_drop_rule"]one drop rule[/ame], which was one of the ways that the American legal system attempted to define and delineate between races. What this meant is that you could be socially believed to be white, when in reality you were legally defined as black. That was the point I was making, but I think you missed it.

    So there are no physical differences between the two below individuals that is noticeable to everyone?
    Of course there are. As I said, there are physical differences that evolved geographically as humans dispersed across the globe. However, the delineation of humans into separate races is impossible as whatever dividing line that is made between these physical characteristics is completely arbitrary.

    The most obvious difference between the two people in your photograph is skin color, but there is no way to scientifically delineate between "black" and "white" based on skin pigmentation due to melanoma levels. Of course, we are just referring to two racial categories; some have come up with as many as dozens of different races. And then we could also include ethnicity, which would further complicate the matter. How many races do you think humans can be classified into, and what is your scientific basis for doing so?

    You, also, cannot define what is "black" and what is "white" based on physical characteristics. Over the past 300 years many have tried, but none have been able to stand up to scrutiny in the scientific community.

  2. #52
    Sage
    Gibberish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Last Seen
    12-23-12 @ 09:29 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    6,339

    Re: A kiss is just a kiss well, not this one

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    As race is a social construct, whoever was generally deemed to be of one race was usually treated as a member of that race. However, in legal matters where the question of race was taken to court the government ultimately decided what race you are. A popular example of this is the one drop rule, which was one of the ways that the American legal system attempted to define and delineate between races. What this meant is that you could be socially believed to be white, when in reality you were legally defined as black. That was the point I was making, but I think you missed it.
    I did miss it because I am not talking legalities. I am talking socially. If someone appears to be "black" but is legally defined as "white" they can still socially be subjected to racism for being "black". Why? Because their legal grouping doesn't mean squat to someone who is attacking them purely on their physical appearance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Of course there are. As I said, there are physical differences that evolved geographically as humans dispersed across the globe. However, the delineation of humans into separate races is impossible as whatever dividing line that is made between these physical characteristics is completely arbitrary.

    The most obvious difference between the two people in your photograph is skin color, but there is no way to scientifically delineate between "black" and "white" based on skin pigmentation due to melanoma levels. Of course, we are just referring to two racial categories; some have come up with as many as dozens of different races. And then we could also include ethnicity, which would further complicate the matter. How many races do you think humans can be classified into, and what is your scientific basis for doing so?

    You, also, cannot define what is "black" and what is "white" based on physical characteristics. Over the past 300 years many have tried, but none have been able to stand up to scrutiny in the scientific community.
    I agree with your scientific stance on race. My point is it doesn't mean anything to anyone else. You will not find a group of white or black racist NOT attacking someone because they think "scientifically we cannot define this individuals race". Race, on a pure physical appearance and non-scientific basis in a social construct, exists.
    "Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
    - Warren Buffett

  3. #53
    Sage
    Khayembii Communique's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 12:31 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    7,879

    Re: A kiss is just a kiss well, not this one

    I did miss it because I am not talking legalities. I am talking socially. If someone appears to be "black" but is legally defined as "white" they can still socially be subjected to racism for being "black". Why? Because their legal grouping doesn't mean squat to someone who is attacking them purely on their physical appearance.
    Of course.

    I agree with your scientific stance on race. My point is it doesn't mean anything to anyone else. You will not find a group of white or black racist NOT attacking someone because they think "scientifically we cannot define this individuals race".
    Well, duh. If they didn't think it had any real basis they wouldn't believe it.

    Race, on a pure physical appearance and non-scientific basis in a social construct, exists.
    I guess I agree, but I think you're going about saying what you mean in an incredibly confusing and misleading way. Saying that "race is a social construct" then saying that it is "based on a pure physical appearance" seems contradictory, as you do not differentiate between the two different ways you are using the word race (in the former you are discussing what race is, while in the latter you are discussing how people that consider race a biological fact define races).

  4. #54
    Sage
    Gibberish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Last Seen
    12-23-12 @ 09:29 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    6,339

    Re: A kiss is just a kiss well, not this one

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    I guess I agree, but I think you're going about saying what you mean in an incredibly confusing and misleading way. Saying that "race is a social construct" then saying that it is "based on a pure physical appearance" seems contradictory, as you do not differentiate between the two different ways you are using the word race (in the former you are discussing what race is, while in the latter you are discussing how people that consider race a biological fact define races).
    I think because it is both. Socially, Race is how ever people define the biological facts of a race. Everyone interprets it differently.
    Last edited by Gibberish; 04-20-09 at 03:31 PM.
    "Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
    - Warren Buffett

Page 6 of 6 FirstFirst ... 456

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •