Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 16:18:39 -0600 From: Ditra Henry 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 itra 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 > one. > > Jessie > > > >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 > > have > > other meanings before this? I doubt it. However just the emotions > > that > > have been aroused from this discussion is proof that racism is not a > > thing > > fo the past and that it is still thriving as a meaningful and integral > > part of this country. > > > > > > > >