No. One SPECIES.
Like cats dogs pigs cows and chickens, we can all interbreed,we all have a common set of ancestors, but we have different BREEDS, or RACES.
It's not a hugely useful distinction in the human case,what with all this globalisation, but it does exist.
And, like breeds, different races have different characteristics. Some are taller, shorter, darker lighter, whatever.
Certainly genetically we
Well thats like saying a terrier is like a labrador except for comestic differences. They are not. They have inbred generic characteristics that are quite different.
Any distinct ecosystem that carries humans will over time evolve a set of genetic traits suitable for living there. Mountain dwellers in hot countries are supremely good runners at low altitude. Highly developed lungs, able to dump heat well. Thats why Kenyans win marathons. It possible to develop some of that with intense training, bit its a lot harder, and no amount of training will net you a nice black skin capable of radiating heat in humid conditions.
One applies the term 'race' in a totally un perjorative way to such generic distinctions.
Racism, is not discrimination by race, its *illogical and perjorative* discrimination by race.
Every time you select cox's orange pippins over golden delicious, you are in YOUR terms, being a racist. Selecting something on the basis of racial discrimination.
Frankly there is nothing WRONG with racial discrimination. If I want a sexy tall model to appeal to afro carribeans, I'm going to pick Naomi Campbell, assuming she isn't staying in bed all dat ;-)
OTOH if I want a shit hot racing driver,I'd be hard put to know whether I wanted Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Raikonnen. There hasn't been much natural selection to make any races much nbetter at a wheel than any oter, just a lot of CULTURAL factors that make it unlikely that someone who has grown up in te plains of Africa, is going to find it easy to make a car dance. Stick that person in teh boredom of Stevenage or Helsinki, and there is every reason that they WILL do. What else is there to do?
Perhaps the term should only be used for
Oh my gawd. Its you that has the problem. All people are different, some differences appear broadly associated with distinct geographical areas of origin, others do not. y all means use race if the particular variation is so associated, and anyone who resents it is a fool. OTOH in the original context of this post, we were not discussing race. Travellers as such are not a race, never have been and never will be. They have always been comprised of some sort of itinerant subclass that for whatever reason found it easier to make out on the road, than not.
I cant remember who decided to call them a race and start a furore, but whoever it was is the person with the beam in their eye as it were.
Yes, so don't introduce race, because it ain't relevant. It exists, as a moderately useful concept, but in this case its not applicable. The Pikeys are the ones who would like to hide behind calling themselves and ethnic group, so that they could cry 'racial abuse' when the fuzz come in and boot them off someone else's land.
Not to tackle them is
No,. its down to politics of silly liberalism.
The sort of silly liberalism that wants on the one hand to make laws against racism, and on the other to deny that race as a concept exists.
This double think always goes unnoticed.