Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 14:13:49 -0500 From: Evan Morris Subject: Re: "race" (was PC Dictionaries?the N word? racism? race?) At 05:50 AM 10/30/97 , Duane Campbell wrote: > >In biology and taxonomy (which is what we are discussing here, whether we >know it or not), race is a subdivision of a species, that is, an organism >that has recognizable genetically transmitted attributes but is not >different enough from others of its ilk to constitute a separate species. >There are races of house sparrows and lab rats and begonias. Another word >for the same thing is sub-species, but I suspect that applied to humans >that could be even more offensive. My understanding is that race (or subspecies) is defined in terms of differential reproductive success. Inasmuch as there not different rates of reproductive success in "interbreeding" between the various human "races," there is no such thing, technically speaking, as a human subspecies or "race." The social category of "race" is, of course, another matter entirely, but there's no biological basis for it. -- Evan Morris words1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]