Monday, May 02, 2005

Gem from dinner conversation

Friend: [...] Race isn't a real thing. It's socially constructed. If everybody stopped believing in it, it would cease to exist.

Kai: Socially constructed things can be real. The dollar and the constitution are both socially constructed.

Friend: Yeah, but as we move away from the era in which race was traditionally defined, people will stop believing in it. It won't have any meaning anymore.

Kai: Under this administration, you could say the same about the dollar and the constitution.

3 Comments:

At May 04, 2005 4:01 PM, Blogger Nell Selander said...

Don't you just love the sociologist who truly believes that something engrained since the inception of the colonies will suddenly cease to exist...totally rediculous..."race" has been forming for thousands of years, it will take just as long to "undo" it.

Kai, nice point about the constitution and the dollar bill. It is sad that one can say something so radical and yet have a valid point.

What should we do?

 
At May 04, 2005 4:01 PM, Blogger Nell Selander said...

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