“Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” This set of three fundamental questions is the title, translated into English, of Gauguin’s masterpiece painted in Tahiti in 1897.
Variations in appearance are so striking, and so seemingly categorical, that what we first notice about an individual is what group she belongs to.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY RACIAL MIXING? One faulty concept yields another. Miscegenation or "interracial sex" is obviously a meaningless term, unless race has real meaning, which it obviously does not. Marriages are not mixed, individuals are.
The author of this website is Marshall Segall, PhD., Professor Emeritus of Cross-Cultural and Political Psychology at Syracuse University.
On the semantics of “race”
Race, pronounced rayse in English, is a simple four letter word. It is so simple that everybody uses it in a pretty automatic way, because everybody knows what it means, or, as we shall soon see, thinks (s)he does.
Here we will consider multiple meanings of the word "race" and we will also review its relationship to racism and racial-ism.
America’s Great Divide between White and Black.
The almost universal characterization of President Obama as the USA's first “Black” President resides in the fact when we talk about people the two words that count most are White and Non-White.
The Human Genome Research Project has found that all human beings are closely related and that there are no separate “races”.
How should people describe themselves in this time of shifting identities?
How do we wish to identify ourselves? What matters to us .... our nationalities, our religious affiliations, or, despite the fact that we all share a common ancestry, our so-called "races"?
Since 1790, the United States census, every ten years, has asked about “race” .... but never in the same way twice. So, what is the latest list of "races" and what does this list really mean?
Since culture must take the place of “race” in order to explain the diversity of human beings, and if "race" is nothing more than a cultural construct,we'd better decide what "culture" is!