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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Race Fact #21: Humanity’s origin is not animals

Humans, specifically those of African descent, do not derive from apes. It’s a tradition of race not a scientific fact. “In 1699, the web of legend and unverified fact was disentangled by Edward Tyson, whose comparative study of a young ‘orang- outang’ was a masterwork of critical scientific investigation.  Throughout his dissection of the chimpanzee, […]

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Race Fact #2

The social colors of race, here being black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige people, are a modern invention. “The terms Indian and Negro were both borrowed from the Hispanic languages, the one originally deriving from (mistaken) geographical locality and the other from human complexion. … After about 1680 … a new tern of self- identification […]

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