Who came first- people or race?

Unlike the chicken or the egg analogy, human beings and the social construct of race are not inseparable.  Humans did not come from race but race did come from humans, a product of Enlightenment thinking.  Race was not “in the beginning” with God but is with us now because we created it.  We came first […]

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Five facts about the life of race

Race is a modern invention of the European Enlightenment: “European Enlightenment thinkers retained the Greek ideal of reason, as well as this reason’s categorical function of discriminating between the cultured (now called the ‘civilized) and the ‘barbarian’ (the ‘savage’ or the ‘primitive’). It can be argued, in fact, that the Enlightenment’s declaration of itself as […]

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Gone Bananas?

A picture of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama photoshopped to include a banana was tweeted by Irina Rodnina.  Despite the fact that humans come from humans, the piece of fruit has historically been used to suggest that persons from Africa or of African descent derived from apes.[1]  Rodnina is an MP from Vladimir Putin’s […]

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