You have no desire to let the facts play a role in your opinions?Sorry man, I have no desire to do that...life is way too short.
So are you saying that you find most 'race'-based threads to be exasperating or frustrating? Why? Do you simply dislike discussing the social construct and it's effects, or is it something else?And no, I am not exacerbated...I find you atypical of most people I find in 'race'-based threads.
Of course you aren't exacerbated. You're not a problem, you are a person. I know this, I'm just being sarcastic because it pleases me to do so.Interesting though how you tell me I am exacerbated even after I tell you I am not.
I'm usually more sarcastic in the real world.Makes me wonder if you do that to people in the real world (tell them what they are feeling even if they claim otherwise).
I share that opinion (or, more correctly, there is no such thing as objective 'race' because it is a purely social construct used to describe phenotypical variances found in members of the human species).My point remains. There is only one 'race' (IMO) - the human race.
The unfortunate fact remains, however, that our opinions about race do not eradicate the existence of the social construct of race.
Unfortunately, the social construct is defined by society, not individuals. There were times when Irish people were considered to be a different race from other people with similar melanin levels. Biologically speaking, there is not much difference in the melanin levels of a person of Hispanic decent and a person of Sicilian decent, yet they are often viewed to be of different "races" under the current social constructs of race in this country. Brazil has a very different social construct of race, where terminology like "money whitens" is actually seen as somewhat literal (i.e. a person who has money is "whiter" than a person who is the same objective color that does not have money).And to suggest that someone is a different 'race' strictly because they happen to have a cerrtain amount of melanin in their skin is (IMO) ignorant in the extremis.
Is it ignorant for society to use superficial phenotypical differences as the basis for differentiation? Sure. But that does not change the fact that society does this, nor does it mitigate the effects that doing this has on people. Those effects are often made worse if we ignore them.
It's not a matter of agreement, as I have said repeatedly. I am in agreement with your opinions much more than you seem to think I am. Our opinions about the facts do nothing to change those facts, though.Since you obviously do not agree with me or do and just like to argue/debate (I can't quite tell which), I/see further discussion with you on this subject as pointless.