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neil

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Superman's Pal

Subj: Re: Yeah, I know--go figure, eh?
Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 at 04:05:43 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Yeah, I know--go figure, eh?
Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 at 03:09:57 pm EST

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> > Your logic is not unlike a circle.
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> That's the best you could come up with? Use what clich├ęs you will for whatever bizarre purpose you must, but I'm no less correct. Pretending race doesn't matter won't cause it to go away - too many people are far too invested in it.

True, but as long as you believe race does matter, it always will matter.




> True, but as long as you believe race does matter, it always will matter.

No, not really - not in the binary-opposite way that you imply, anyway.

The thing is, what any one of us (or, for that matter, everyone on this board) chooses to ignore or acknowledge will ultimately have a minimal effect on the racial politics of a planet with six billion people. My response to omike wasn't expressive of a philosophical platitude, but rather of pragmatics - if one person chooses to ignore something while billion of others embrace it, then it might as well be a tacit endorsement. (I mean, if you really wanted to do away with race, wouldn't you instead advocate getting rid of the category as an active process?)

All this said, I think that you're also wrong because race is too closely tied to too many other identity categories for us to ever successfully argue that it doesn't 'matter' - race implies certain gender qualities, sexual characteristics, cultural history, physical characteristics, geographies, religions, class, attitudes, and values. That many of these qualities vary across time and space isn't as important as the fact that they're always linked in some form or another - and if race will always 'matter' to some degree, then the most dangerous thing we can do is to start believing that it doesn't 'matter' at all.

-neil
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