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From: "Raymond Whritenour" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:17:23 -0400
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You can't hang on me the 18th, 19th and early 20th-century prejudices about race, because I don't hold them. I'm just calling it as I see it. Saying that I "see" four or five major races in the world is no more than saying I see four or five brothers (sisters, if you like). The brothers are not all the same person. They are identifiable and distinguishable as individuals.

Ray Whritenour

"Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" -Chico Marx

----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Gull<mailto:>
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Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?

She seemed pretty sure about what race isn't - not the traditional view of
it where it's something a person either was or wasn't, something that was
immutable in a person and their descendants, etc., something that separated
groups more than other individual differences might, and something that will
remain in the world in the face of increasing lack of geographic and social
isolation. Abstracting one sentence where she says science isn't done
mapping out the subtleties while ignoring the rest of what she says is one
way to color the conversation, so to speak. Everyone interested in this
thread should simply read her speech and not depend on other peoples'
interpretations of it.

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