Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 10:50:32 +0000
From: Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EPIX.NET
Subject: Re: "race" (was PC Dictionaries?the N word? racism? race?)
At 09:08 AM 10/30/97 -0600, you 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
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.
Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]epix.net