Re. brain sizes: Einstein's and women's

Dan Holzman holzman at panix.com
Mon Sep 30 21:53:41 EST 2002


In article <f17m9.5696$Fl4.506637 at news20.bellglobal.com>,
Parse Tree <parsetree at hotmail.com> wrote:
>That's false.  Race is entirely biological.  Ethnicity is social, and the
>meanings of the two have been blurred together due to ignorance.

I would direct your attention to a book entitled _White By Law_, which
you will find listed at the book retailer's web site of your choice.  It
tracks the development of race as a legal principle in American law --
a crucial point because for quite some time only "White" people could
immigrate.  Particularly amusing was how Syrians went back and forth
between being non-white and white over the course of 30 years.

Race is not biological, despite all the pseudoscience that has come up
around it.  It's purely a social and legal definition, which is why
there exist fair-skinned, blonde-haired, blue-eyed women whose
passports listed them as "Black" or "Octaroon."



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