Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 16:18:39 -0600


Subject: Re: "race" (was PC Dictionaries?the N word? racism? race?)

Maybe you have the origin of the word but how it came to be used in this

country has nothing to do with either of those etymologies. Ask your self

what race really means and try and define it sensibly and out of the way

it is being used in this country and in this century and even for the last

500 plus years. Then look for an article by Lerone Bennett called the

road not taken. Not the poem


On Thu, 30 Oct 1997, Emerson, Jessie J wrote:

I believe the word race used in this context derives from Middle French

or Italian and means something like "generation" (please correct me on

this). And if I can remember anything from my anthropology courses, I

think that in the early or mid 19th century (before anthropology became

a science) that this term was used in conjunction with the division of

the world's population into Caucasoid, Mongoloid, and Negroid. Of

course, the Caucasians made up the divisions, so they got to be number



From Ditra Henry

The origin of all the derogatories that we all are so familiar with of

course then stems back to the word race itself. Was this word just

a convenient development to set up slavery in this country? or did it


other meanings before this? I doubt it. However just the emotions


have been aroused from this discussion is proof that racism is not a


fo the past and that it is still thriving as a meaningful and integral

part of this country.