Here is an interesting bit from our blogger pal Doug Hagin over at The Daley Gator: So, It Has Come To This Has It? (Original post here at Moonbattery.) I made a comment yesterday when it posted, but it got me to thinking, so I thought I’d expand on my comment here. Excerpt:
Barack Obama himself says that if you can dupe others into thinking you are black, then you are black:
“Well, part of my understanding of race is that it’s more of a social construct than a biological reality. And in that sense, if you are perceived as African American, then you’re African American.”
OK, that does it! Up is down, rain is sunshine. But I have realized something while studying the whole you are what you identify as craze. I now realize that I choose to identify as a billionaire playboy with several sports cars, mansions, vacation homes, a yacht and a muscular body that every woman longs for.
Now, look at the President’s statement above. Let’s break it down.
“Well, my understanding of race is that it’s more of a social construct than a biological reality.” In this President Obama is correct. Biologically speaking, the entire concept of race is, well, horseshit. Humans have less genetic diversity than our closest relatives, chimpanzees. The concept of “race” is mostly a social and cultural construct; it’s almost impossible to rigorously define “race.” Barack Obama claims to be the first “African-American” President, but he is the child of a white American woman and a half-black, half-Arabic Kenyan father. He has none of the cultural markers than define “African-American” as it is generally used, to denote a member of some nebulous group defined more or less by having some ancestor that was a slave in the United States.
I could claim to be perceived (or even sillier, the modern concept of “self-identifying”) as a ham sandwich, but that wouldn’t make it true.
There are objective realities in the world. The science of genetics pretty much obliterates, as a scientific model, the whole concept of “race” as applied to humans. There is only one species of human alive on the planet today, H. sapiens sapiens, and we meet the definition of a species in every aspect.
As I said over at The Daley Gator, there is only one race. It’s the human race, and every person alive on the planet is a member.