Is Race a Social Construct? The Natural History Museum Investigates

Brittany Dant, Smithsonian, July 14, 2011

Race and racism are complex subjects, but the Natural History Museum takes them on with energy and zeal in a new exhibition, Race: Are We So Different? The show is the first national exhibition to spell out the construct of “race” and all that it encompasses from a biological, cultural and historical point of view.

{snip} The exhibit is staffed with volunteers trained to encourage dialog and reflection. One of the volunteers, Caitlyn Harkin, explained some of the more complex ideas behind the exhibit.

Harkin, who is completing an undergraduate degree in American Studies at George Washington University, underwent up to 30 hours of training to staff the exhibit, learning about the content of the show, strategies for engaging visitors and addressing various race-related issues.

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The exhibit seeks to show that race is not rooted in biology. Why is this an important fact for people to know and understand?

By discussing the genetics–or lack thereof–of race, we eliminate the argument that there is something fundamentally, on a molecular level, different about people. We are then left to explore what those other social and historical factors are that lead to the development of race as we know it today.

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If there was one thing that every exhibit visitor should take away, what would that be?

That race is not inherent in our genetics, but rather a social construct developed over time, which continues to be a strong and ever present force in our country and in our lives.

Race: Are We So Different? will run until January 2, 2012. {snip}

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  • Anonymous

    No one, not even the Smithsonian, can actually believe this drivel. Our eyes tell us that genetics come into play. How can “historical” and “social” factors hope to explain the real physical difference between real races?

  • John PM

    “That race is not inherent in our genetics, but rather a social construct developed over time, which continues to be a strong and ever present force in our country and in our lives.”

    Once again, the same old nonsense!

    It goes without saying, that an idea such as “race is a social construct” that must be constantly repeated, shoved into our heads and down our throats must have no validity at all. The government and social elites can preach it, but they would do better to live it; of course, they never do that, as most here already know.

    If the ruling class were not pushing so destructive an idea, it would be funny. Say for example, for some reason, they had a vested interest in telling us the sky was green, the grass blue, and the oceans orange, it would be amusing to see all this effort wasted. However on the topic of race, given the stakes they are playing with, it is simply wretched and appalling!

    As always, God help us all!!!

  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    Sharing a few lines below from long-time science reporter for the New York Times Nicholas Wade’s 2006 best seller BEFORE THE DAWN: Recovering the Lost History of our Ancestors:

    “Neil Risch, an eminent geneticist now at the University of California, San Francisco, was the first to say in print that the emerging view of human population structure had major points of correspondence with the public conception of race. Risch’s article was sparked by his irritation at the sociologists’ race-is-not-biological dogma surfacing in, of all places, the New England Journal of Medicine . . . ‘Race is a social construct, not a scientific classification,’ declared an editorial by Robert S. Schwartz, the journal’s deputy editor. Since race is ‘biologically meaningless,’ Schwarz argued, it should not play any part in a physician’s work. A similar editorial, though less absolutist, appeared in the Journal Nature Genetics.

    “Much of this discussion, Risch wrote in rebuttal of the two editorials, ‘does not derive from an objective scientific perspective. . . Numerous genetic studies of the human population have found that differences are greatest between continents. These studies, he said, ‘have recapitulated the classical definitions of races, based on continental ancestry.’ Updating those definitions, Risch and his colleagues suggested that racial groups should be defined on the basis of continent of origin, with ethnicity being used to describe smaller divisions within races” (pp183-184)

  • Anonymous

    By discussing the genetics—or lack thereof—of race, we eliminate the argument that there is something fundamentally, on a molecular level, different about people.

    Well, as a Whitey, I’m thankful that they Smisthonian has informed me that I am as likely to come down with sickle-cell anemia or lactose intolerance as are all my African “American” neighbors.

  • sbuffalonative

    “The exhibit is staffed with volunteers trained to encourage dialog and reflection. One of the volunteers, Caitlyn Harkin, explained some of the more complex ideas behind the exhibit.

    I have a suggestion for one or two knowledgeable, fun-loving AR supporters.

    Two people go to the show and take the tour. Bring a recorder to record the tour and a camera to take photos of displays.

    Take this information home and study it.

    Go back another day and join a large tour group. Have the two people remain separate (it’s important to look like you don’t know each other so they don’t realize what’s going on). One person starts asking questions. When the tour guide stumbles for an answer, the second person joins in.

    See how long the tour guide can answer your questions, call for back up, or ask you to leave.

  • LibertarianRealist

    Race obliterationists’ minds are socially constructed. I was born this way.

  • Anonymous

    “By discussing the genetics—or lack thereof—of race, we eliminate the argument that there is something fundamentally, on a molecular level, different about people.”

    But there is a difference. No matter how much the people working at the Smithsonian might wish there weren’t. The genetic difference is present and real. Using the Smithsonian’s argument, what’s the difference between Homo Sapiens and Pan Troglodytes? Not that much, so let’s pretend it doesn’t exist.

    Shame on this supposed institute of science for promoting emotionally-based sorcery instead of biological facts.

  • OBSERVER

    They are partially correct. Drop the “race” word and use one of 2 correct terms: Breeds or Sub-Species.

    I was thumbing through a late 1970’s book about LUCY, the 3 million year old hominid and I noticed a section using the words “sub-species” to describe modern man. They clearly stated today’s Homo Sapiens are of 3 sub-species; Oriental, Caucasian and African.

    WOW.

    But, just as dogs are all ONE species, they come in numerous “breeds” each with distinct appearances AND behaviours……just like we human breeds.

  • Dutchman

    While the Natural History Museum propagandizes Whites that race is a ‘social construct’, every other race are race realists. A non-white educated in Western universities may pay lip service to the notion that racial differences are imaginary, but when they are in their homelands and among their kinfolk, race realism reigns supreme. A fact anyone can easily find out with a little bit of research online. Asians, Africans, Latin Americans, are masters of race chauvanism, but such feelings must be suppressed at all costs where Whites are concerned. As the slogan says: Anti-Racism is code for Anti-White.

  • Wayne Engle

    The article kind of meanders around without saying anything significant until we get to the part of the interview where the volunteer makes the laughably absurd statement that “race is not inherent in our genetics, but rather a social construct developed over time …” That’s been proven to be wrong, to be simply a ginned-up politically correct “notion,” so many times — but the bleeding hearts will not let go of it.

    To the liberals, there is “no such thing as race.” Blacks are simply Swedish people with a deep suntan. Asians are simply Englishmen who stayed out in the cold winds too long until they developed a permanent squint. The recent revelation that virtually all Caucasian and Asian people have 1-4 percent Neanderthal genes, but that black Africans with no racial admixture have none, simply points up the fact and offers more evidence for the side that says, “Yes, Virginia, there IS such a thing as race!”

  • olewhitelady

    And, so, when a skeleton is found, investigators should be unable to announce the race the deceased is believed to be. Medical treatments will no longer be geared toward members of a certain race, and research can no longer be carried out on a particular race. Billions in federal funds can no longer be spent on special programs to boost blacks’ learning potential because the idea of people being black is just “all in our heads”.

  • Robert Binion

    Among insects, the mosquito is a social construct, stinkbugs cultural phenomena. (RED and yellow, black and white, all are critters in His sight.) How “complex” can race be if it does not exist? Does Ms. Dant exist, I mean, as a human being who can read and laugh and love, or merely as a gossamer web in the corner of a dusty, old museum crammed with the dated, both living and dead?

  • Anonymous

    The last time I was in the American Museum of Natural history – they had a huge section of the bookstore devoted to Stephen Jay Gould and Margaret Mead – two known frauds, not books by Madison Grant ( i am surprised they are allowed to keep his name on some of the exhibits) there is a huge hall of evolution and an aggressive Marxist effort to promote evolution (I ‘believe in’ evolution but not the point of reducing many to just another animal) BUT it all stops 100K years ago, and from there they go on and on saying that the only difference is the color of our skin -ect- it’s become blatant propaganda.

    (At the same time quite commercialized)

    When i was i kid there was one small gift shop now there’s one on every floor and multi level mall like store where exhibits used to be.

  • JG

    Forensic scientists could tell you a skull’s ancestral continent. They couldn’t tell you whether the skull had contained racist thoughts. The social construct is racism, not race.

  • Anonymous

    This is really sad. The left-wing creationists are throwing science under the bus in the name of political correctness. I wonder if the people who write this stuff actually believe what they write. Could anyone be that stupid?

  • John Engelman

    When someone says, “Race is a social construct,” what does that mean?

    If it means that the races are comparable in average intelligence, crime rate, and illegitimacy rate that is clearly false.

    If it means that the races would be comparable given the right environment, there is no evidence for that.

    The assertion that race is a social construct is as dubious as the liberal assertion that rapists are not motivated by sexual desire. Because both assertions are counter intuitive, they are maintained by coercion.

  • Istvan

    If race is a social construct it is an easily identifiable one that has a dramatic impact on our daily lives. It has a measurable impact on our lives. It is something a very young child recognizes. So rather than deny the elephant in the room let’s just accept it and go our separate ways. Why all the wasted effort, wasted money and destroyed lives? Why are so many people blind to the destruction and heartache pretending has visited upon our society? I can understand being fair minded and not wanting to hurt others but why sacrifice your own family and nation in an attempt avoid reality? Why would separation be so wrong? You live your life and I live mine in the manner I wish without impinging on yours.

    Social construct or not it exists and we need to just accept it.

  • jewamongyou

    Why are there 14 comments on this American Renaissance article – but only 2 (including my own) comments on the source article? As long as you are respectful, and know how to type in decent English, why not click over there and give them a piece of your mind?

    http://goo.gl/r46kP

  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    Another way to approach the “social construct” versus biological basis question as to the origins of races: standard taxonomy, for instance in birds:

    Order: Passeriformes

    Family: Corvidae

    Genus: Cyanocitta

    Species: cristata

    Subspecies (aka race): florincola

    Common Name: Florida Blue Jay

    Subspecies: cyanotephra

    Common Name: Western Blue Jay

    The Western Blue Jay and the Florida Blue Jay are related birds, but not identical. They are “subspecies” (aka races) of the same species.

  • Anonymous

    If race is a “social construct” with no biological bases, that means that black sociopathic behavior is caused by social factors. For the last 50 years, liberals have controled the social environment of America. Thus, the liberals are resposible for all deficiencies of African Americans, QED.

  • Anonymous

    What a waste of tax money for more nonsense. Another useless social program under the ever growing deficit. Some of us will never be fooled.

  • Anonymous

    If people want to see the difference in races it is easy in DC, take a look at all the white people in the museums and touring the DC Mall area and note their behavior. Then look at the blacks begging for money and sleeping homeless in those same areas. The bold could even take a walk into the neighborhood and see how long it takes to get mugged.

  • ghettomaker

    “underwent up to 30 hours of training to staff the exhibit,”

    How can you argue with someone with that much education on the subject.

  • SF Paul

    Difference in races in Washington DC? That’s easy, watch the PBS show “A Capitol 4th” showing the nations 4th of July celebration on the Mall. The crowd shots always show about 99% white people enjoying the patriotic songs and tributes to America. Of course the cameras have to show blacks and since they are so few in number the same blacks are shown over and over during the crowd shots to give the illusion that blacks do love the USA.

  • Seneca the Younger

    Below is what I wrote to the Smithsonian, not sure if it will get posted, but in case it doesn’t give it a read. It makes for a great argument if you come across one of these “social” scientists in person. Everyone else go comment as well.

    Here it is:

    Really Smithsonian? I thought you were supposed to teach natural history, not liberal propaganda. This has now officially made you a joke in my eyes. I could have even let it slide if you portrayed both sides of the debate, but that would be too fair, right? If race is a social construct than why can’t an African and and Asian couple make a Caucasian baby? If race is a social construct please explain sickle cell, lactose intolerance, and why organ transplants have a much higher rate of failure when they are of a different race? Why have I read all these articles in medicine about how Africans are more prone to heart disease and Caucasians to autism? Why can forensics identify races based on skulls and other bones (Caucasians have longer torsos while Africans have longer legs)? We clearly define the differences in dogs, which are the same species, but have hundreds of different breeds; are the differences in a golden retriever and a boxer a social construct or do you just deny them in their entirety?

    This is a debate for the scientists and the “social” anthropologists. When it comes to science I’ll listen to the scientists. What does someone that studies cultures throughout history know about genetic grouping anyways? For shame Smithsonian, you are following the same path you condemn in regards to “science” in 1920’s Russia, 1930’s Germany, and 1950’s China. Congratulations.

  • Anonymous

    JEWAMONGYOU, Howdy from Texas. I did what you suggested. I believe my comment is right below yours – unless, that is, your comment was removed, ’cause there was only ONE when I posted. Let’s keep watch and see what they do with our comments.

  • Sylvie

    Is race a social construst?

    Of course it is – the television told me so!

    Do the people that make these absurd assertions really believe them?

  • HH

    This is a useful, dare I say it, “teachable” moment though, if you look beyond the obvious nonsense. The next time the question is raised, regarding politically-incorrect or “controversial” topics, as to whether or not government officials and historians alike are willing to concoct and parrot the official(or comfortable)lie, and utterly DENY truth, here is the perfect evidence that they are and do!

    The lengths some, even many, are willing to go to hide the truth is as breathtaking as it is horrifying, when it comes from the very “officials” we are taught to trust and believe. Is it any wonder that cynicism, perhaps more than anything else, virtually defines the age we live in?

  • Luke

    Franz Boas, or Franz Boaz – I have seen this evil rat’s name spelled both ways – this is the anti-white racist and card carrying Cultural Marxist monster who dreamed up this diabolically evil lie about race being a ‘social construct’.

    He did it for a specific reason, and that reason was pure evil.

    If you study the history of the Frankfurt School of Cultural Marxism, you’ll see the debate that the founders of this ideology were having amongst themselves about which tactics would be best suited to achieve their objective of destroying White, Western Civilization – which every one of these men hated with a passion. These hate-filled, destructive subversives had studied the history of Western Civilization and understood full well that it was the by-product of the genius & talents of White European men and women. Hence, they understood that to destroy the West, they had to paint the cross-hairs on the architects of the West, i.e., the White male most particularly, and White females to a slightly lesser extent, since they were guilty of giving birth to ‘evil white male babies’ who would grow up to become ‘evil white male adults’ and then carry on and improve upon Western Civilization.

    However, Boaz and his fellows had a major obstacle to their objective: White men and women, prior to the early 1960s, had a pretty strong and healthy sense of racial pride and most whites in those days – which included most of the White WASP leaders – were what Jared Taylor would probably call ‘race realists’. Any attempt to sell the idea that loin-cloth wearing Africans living in grass and huts and who had never thought it necessary to invent a written language – were the equals of White Europeans who had built fabulously sophisticated and vibrant civilizations – would have fallen flat and whoever had tried to peddle such nonsense would have been the laughing stock of the community.

    This is where Boaz’s devious idea of trying to change the thinking of the ruling class on the subject of race entered the picture. Boaz and his pals wanted to flood all White Western European nations with hundreds of millions of non-whites from the third world, because they knew that this would be equivalent to shoveling huge piles of sand on a campfire – the ‘campfire’ in this example was White Western Civilization – and this was the fire that Boaz and his fellow Cultural Marxists sought to extinguish and destroy. So, to overcome white resistance to the destruction of their civilization – Boaz began his efforts to deny the existence of race and to assert this foolish baloney that ‘race was only a social construct’.

    Remember the often quoted phrase: “The Long March Through the Institutions” that is associated with these Cultural Marxists, people? This was the tactic used by Boaz and Marcuse and the others – they sought to indoctrinate and literally brainwash the white elites into swallowing all of their Cultural Marxist poison and they achieved that objective by taking over all of the major academic institutions, which have produced the gang of hostile anti-white, white race traitors who rule over most White European nations today.

    These hostile anti-white, white elites – along with the smaller percentage of alien Cultural Marxists who have positioned themselves in all the major choke-points and gate-keeper positions within White societies – these idiots are essentially race deniers. That’s why these morons are importing up to 50,000 illiterate, unskilled, totally useless, culturally incompatible, socially destructive, violent prone Africans from the deepest and darkest jungles of Africa into America every year. And, upon arrival – these Africans begin to behave exactly as they did when in Africa – but instead of raping their fellow African women, they now are gang raping and often murdering White European women. The same principle would apply regarding these hostile, anti-white, white elitist race deniers when it comes to allowing millions of low skilled, low IQ, incompatible, culturally destructive, uneducated, violence prone mestizos to flood across our southern border into the USA.

    However, let me point out that there is a big difference between the hostile, anti-white, race denying white elites who were brainwashed with that Franz Boaz baloney about race being a social construct – and these alien Cultural Marxists who have ties to the Frankfurt School originators. What is that difference? Simple: The white ruling elites might be race deniers and dangerously misinformed in the area of racial reality, but the alien Cultural Marxists are not race deniers at all. They understand racial realities – and they understand that Whites must be reduced to a powerless, minority status inside all White Western nations and stripped completely of their influence and political power in order for the destruction of the White West to be successful. Importing dangerous and violent Africans and mestizos and then deliberately resettling those refugees into majority white communities – whereupon these refugees then terrorize the whites in those communities – this is not an innocent coincidence. It is deliberate.

    So, when Boaz and his parade of toe kissers managed to instill the foolish idea that race is only a ‘social construct’ – that opened the doors to all White European nations to the uncivilized, incompatible, indigestible third world and all white nations are now being flooded with Africans, and every other form of third world alien and whites in those nations are being told that they are not entitled to be concerned about these race replacement policies which are guaranteeing the destruction of their civilizations.

    The solution to this white genocide program will involve the removal of all anti-white, white race traitors from our elite class of leadership and to replace them with pro-White Nationalist leaders. Unfortunately, I am getting increasingly pessimistic that the removal of these white race traitors can be accomplished via the ballot box and other, less desirable means will eventually be required.

    Let’s hope these white race traitors come to their senses before that happens.

  • Daniel

    Did they really say that we are no different on a “molecular” level? Does that have any real meaning?

    I don’t think anyone ever thought that the races were constructed of different materials.

  • Sardonicus

    If race is a “social construct” than sites like this, http://www.dnaancestryproject.com/, should be sued for providing bogus, fraudulent and harmful information? It seems like the number of companies providing ancestry information based on DNA samples is growing exponentially. If race is a fiction, how can it be determined by a genetic test? Should the Smithsonian include DNA ancestry testing firms in an exhibit of patent medicine and traveling quack doctor cures?

  • Anonymous

    Race isn’t a social construct. Political correctness is.

  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    @8 OBSERVER: “I was thumbing through a late 1970’s book about LUCY, the 3 million year old hominid and I noticed a section using the words ‘sub-species’ . . . They clearly stated today’s Homo Sapiens are of 3 sub-species; Oriental, Caucasian and African.”

    ===

    Reinforcing your point, here’s the Merriam-Webster definition of “SUBSPECIES”

    http://tinyurl.com/3z9f7pc

    a: a subdivision of a species: as a: a category in biological classification that ranks immediately below a species and designates a population of a particular geographic region genetically distinguishable from other such populations of the same species and capable of interbreeding successfully with them where its range overlaps theirs

    b: a named subdivision (as a race or variety) of a taxonomic species

  • Anonymous

    If there are no genetics involved in race, then any two parents would have a child of a random color.

    What exactly are these idiots thinking?

  • NAVY

    America needs a new department designed to investigate the dissemination of corporate funded Marxism.

    Especially within the state of New York.

    America needs to come down hard on both the institutions that disseminate propaganda and corporations who have been actively funding it for decades.

    It is known that the Rockefellars financed millions of watered down text books in California.

    The war these terrorists are waging is spiritual in nature and needs to be corrected if every American needs return to burn their books and reconsider homeschooling.

  • flippityfloppity

    The Tokyo National Museum is working on a new exhibit “Is constructing race as a social construct a social construct?” 🙂

  • Roland

    I am sure that it’s possible to get a job at the Natural History Museum. I am further sure that for that purpose that they have job application forms. I bet that on those job application forms there is a checkbox for applicants to check their race.

    I am willing to bet further that if a job applicant did not check the race box that either they’d be instructed to do so, or that the application ends up in the old circular file (aka, the trash can).

    Therefore, we could deduce that for the purposes of hiring individuals at the very location that claims that race is but a “construct,” that it otherwise has a very true and actual reality.

    Moreover, all of us here know, too well, that if you’re white and applied for an open position that this fact would be taken into account and that you’d be given lower preference than any non-white who applied for the same job.

  • Anonymous

    Hooray! This means the results of the Human Genome Project can be freely released, correct? (Crickets chirping.)

  • OBSERVER

    Do they not have, or are building, a Museum of African Americans? I read somewhere they have or are planning such a museum?

    Please explain to me what is an “African” in “African American” since there is no such thing?

    Oh, I think in the Museum of Natural History there is some racists nonsense about “Native Americans”. Hmmmmm. I don’t remember seeing any “native” Americans with long braided blonde hair, blue eyes or even a red head with freckles. Why?

    One more point. How can there be a education gap between black students and white students when there is no black or white?

  • Earle

    Anonymous wrote on July 20th that as a whitey, he (or she) was glad to be informed that he/she could come down with the sickle cell disease or lactose intolerance as black people do.

    Well maybe not those two illnesses, but, as a whitey, he/she would be more prone to multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, macular degeneration, melanoma, osteoporosis, testicular cancer and suicide. I could name more but researching those should keep him busy for a while.

  • majuba

    The Smithsonian can put their theories to a simple 10 point test:

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own motor car

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own aeroplane

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own steam locomotive

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own 3 masted sailing ship

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own glass windows

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own radio station

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own violin

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own cure for polio

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own tractor and plough

    Show us the African country that has designed and built its own water filtration system

    etc, etc, etc, etc

    Perhaps all those learned people who organised the exhibition should go and have an eye test

  • Gerald Martin

    AR readers did an excellent job posting comments at the original article site. Very good comments too: moderate, subject oriented, articulate, knowledgeable. I bet whoever is handling their comments is scratching her (probably) head, wondering what’s up. Now we need a tag-team of museum visitors to carry out sbuffalonative’s guerrilla plan for activating race realism amongst the exhibit-goers.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The social construct is racism, not race.

    No, it’s not.

    Racism is deeply ingrained in our DNA — it served as a protective factor for our ancestors and is indeed in us today.

    Remember those brain scans that showed “implicit racism?”

    In a 2004 study Ohio State psychologist Wil A. Cunningham and his colleagues measured white people’s brain activity as they viewed a series of white and black faces. The team found that black faces—as compared with white faces—that they flashed for only 30 milliseconds (too quickly for participants to notice them) triggered greater activity in the amygdala, a brain area associated with vigilance and sometimes fear.

    We Whites should heed this warning instead of trying to artificially suppress it as the media, government and schools tell us. It saved our ancestors and in light of recent black rioting and vicious attacks on Whites — it will save our modern lives as well.

    What are you going to believe? Your own instincts that tell you to avoid or be vigilant around blacks? Or the lying government that tells you you’re a racist for wanting to avoid blacks?

    Bon

  • Albert

    I guess these people know more after a few years than what my 50 years of research told me?

    Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer

    Made a shocking statement FIFTY YEARS AGO: If you allow it they will devour you.

    “I have given my life to try to alleviate the sufferings of Africa. There is something that all white men who have lived here like I must learn and know: that these individuals are a sub-race. They have neither the intellectual, mental, or emotional abilities to equate or to share equally with white men in any function of our civilization. I have given my life to try to bring them the advantages which our civilization must offer, but I have become well aware that we must retain this status: the superior and they the inferior.

    For whenever a white man seeks to live among them as their equals they will either destroy him or devour him. And they will destroy all of his work. Let white men from anywhere in the world, who would come to Africa, remember that you must continually retain this status; you the Master and they the Inferior like children that you would help or teach. Never fraternize with them as equals. Never accept them as your social equals or. They will destroy you.”

    The last line above says it all:

    Neighborhood by neighborhood, school by school, city by city, blacks are DOING it and they are becoming more brazen and bold each and every day.

  • Greg

    This begs the question:

    How were they able to tell what race the test subjects were.

    I am thinking they must have used some sort of racist physical stereotypes.

  • Anonymous

    A museum devoted to science can do many things, but the one thing it should never do is lie about science.

  • Bardon

    No such rubbish in anthropology books and studies in Russia, Poland, Spain, Germany (the major part), China, India,… The US seems to me the Mecca of this quack theories: post-modernism, iconic turn, deep ecology, irracialism, critical theory, deconstruction, …

  • Bardon

    This is, clearly- nuts:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1738862

    —————————-

    Most anthropologists have abandoned the concept of race as a research tool and as a valid representation of human biological diversity. Yet, race identification continues to be one of the central foci of forensic anthropological casework and research. It is maintained in this paper that the successful assignment of race to a skeletal specimen is not a vindication of the race concept, but rather a prediction that an individual, while alive was assigned to a particular socially constructed ‘racial’ category.

    How stupid can you get ?

  • Anonymous

    What’s in it for the government to preach the non-existence of race? The question is easily answered: free markets.

    Blood and soil nationalism interferes with the sale and ownership of property by trans-national interests.

    The world is being relentlessly pushed toward a globalized regime, where any chattel and any man can be bought and sold, unconstrained by quaint notions of family, race, history, duty or destiny.

    The government works not for the people, but for the financiers.

  • cliff yablonski

    @ “social construct”.

    This is the Inglewood civic center where I used to play as a small child, and where I went to my first school dance in 1965 at the age of 13.

    http://goo.gl/MZ66V

    Would any white person send their child there now without fear because race is a social construct?

  • Elitist

    There are now 21 comments below the original article, and all without exception mock the sheer dishonesty of the Smithsonian.

    Aside from the people controlling the government, the media, universities, and cultural institutions like the Smithsonian, I wonder if there’s anyone left on earth deranged enough to deny the scientific reality of racial difference ??

  • Anonymous

    I am so sick and tired of liberals controlling every debate and subject without any dissent or objection. Let’s start putting them to the test.

    If race is a social construct, then let’s send a group of White test subjects to Africa for a few years and see if they “become” black.

  • Eurobeing

    I agree with commenter 41 above:

    Show us the African Country that has a space program

    Show us the African Country that has designed a system of government.

    Show us the African Country country that has mastered scientific farming.

    Show us the African Country that has developed a treatment for Aids

    Show us the African Country that has developed of sophisticated form of currency

  • Anonymous

    Here it is folks: An article that clearly states that ‘African’ Genes are vastly different from Euro Genes.

    http://goo.gl/OIZEy

  • Urban Teacher

    18 — jewamongyou wrote at 10:08 PM on July 20:

    OK. I’ve submitted my comments and it was posted immediately:

    25.There are consequences for researchers who study racial differences.

    Philippe Rushton was driven out of an American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.

    Glayde Whitney was driven out of the Behavior Genetics Association.

    And then there is James Watson, Nobel Laureate, who suddenly became a non-person.

    So, of course there is no such thing as race, comrade.

  • Thirdworlder

    Obviously not, and if you don’t react in time to defend ethnic homogeneity your future will look like our past in latin america, we have been victims of the chaos of multiculturalism especially since the independence.

  • Richard

    Race is a social construct.

    Species is a social construct.

    Kingdom is a social construct.

    Life vs. non-life is a social construct.

    Existence vs. non-existence is a social construct.

    Pure nihilism masquerading as warm fuzziness.

  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    An impressive 49-second video contribution to the social-construct-versus-biological-basis debate on the nature of race. The videographer goes by the the moniker “eugenicsdebate.” He’s found a way to have it both ways (sort of):

    Is Race a Social Construct?

    (49 sec. video uploaded by eugenicsdebate)

    http://tinyurl.com/449g7uj

    TRANSCRIPT

    The concept of the different races is a social construct but in the same sense the concept of the average is a social construct. The average is a concept used to generalize the characteristics in a population and, in the same way, the concept of race is a way of generalizing groups in a human population. Although a social construct, race is a biological reality. Not only in the sense that it can represent an average of characteristics, but also that they represent different human migrations and lineages. The different races can also be biologically identified through the use of DNA. Thus the social construct of has unique identifying characteristics. It is not surprising that the different races can be identified through the use of DNA because the different races represent lineages that have been almost entirely separated for thousands of years.

    In conclusion, race is a social construct, but also a statistically measurable biological reality.

    * * *

    In the comment section, in response to a respondent who wondered about the origins of the term “social construct” and its dubious uses today. Eugenicsdebate responded: I think the idea of defining objects as a social construct started as a legitimate philosophical opinion, but it is being misused . . . to discredit the concept of categorizing human populations. Everything in a language is a social construct otherwise we would refer to objects as combinations of point particles and wavelenghs; even physics may be social constructs, since the most basic property of space and matter is not known.

  • Anonymous

    It might be helpful to this article and of enrichment to the

    interesting blog comments here if someone with greater detailed

    awareness than I could outline the sordid history back in

    the 80’s or early 90’s (??) at the Smithsonian Natural History

    Museum of the dismantling of the Museum’s History of Man (I

    can’t recall the exact title of this excellent display that

    appeared to me in the early 80’s likely to have been part of

    the Museum from, what?, the mid-60’s. I have the hint of memory that someone told me the late and great Professor Carleton S.

    Coon (see his THE ORIGIN OF RACES ) had been a central source of

    consultation to the Museum in creating this display of human evolution. It contained a luxuriant display of the bone structure of skeletal heads clearly indicating the observable distinctions among the three main racial categories. The “gutting” of this remarkable Museum section is necessary context to appraise this current news item. Surely, when a display is removed the contents are retained by the Smithsonian and kept somewhere in some warehouse over in Virginia, I presume.

    Not exactly NATURAL history.

  • Anonymous

    49 — Anonymous wrote at 2:58 PM on July 21:

    What’s in it for the government to preach the non-existence of race? The question is easily answered: free markets.

    Blood and soil nationalism interferes with the sale and ownership of property by trans-national interests.

    The world is being relentlessly pushed toward a globalized regime, where any chattel and any man can be bought and sold, unconstrained by quaint notions of family, race, history, duty or destiny.

    The government works not for the people, but for the financiers.

    ———————————————————-

    How can that be so? Rush and all the rest keep telling us that the free market is what made us strong. They NEVER talk about OUR race and destiny. It is like we are to never question WHY our nation is sliding into the abyss. Never question if a multi-RACIALIST nation is good for us. They NEVER talk about what LEGAL(nonwhite) immigration since ’65 has done to us. They only tell us they are against Obama BECAUSE of his “policies” not because he is black. After all, they say, we are a “melting pot” and “immigrants”(not what KIND of immigrants) are what made us a nation from the beginning. They are all okay with our nation to be flooded with blacks and browns as long as they are “legal”. Who are they kidding? Seems like they are on our enemies side.

  • Anonymous

    The Smithsonian exhibit is a lightweight manifestation of a sinister ideology, which is given a more full expression in this 1995 article, when ideologue scientists tried to make their case:

    http://goo.gl/Xcq7q

    Give that a read, and you’ll see the mindset fully at work. They would remove “race” from the dictionary, while allowing for differences in physical characteristics (“accidents of history”), to make the point that no one people is predisposed to behave badly.

    It’s a bad point, because race realists are not saying that black people, for example, must necessarily behave badly – just that too many of them do. But it doesn’t matter about behavior – the physical differences that the “scientists” tried to dismiss are in fact what sane people define as different races.

    One really must torture one’s brain to arrive at their conclusions. A desire to avoid saying that one race is innately more intelligent than other (they reference _The Bell Curve_) leads to the ridiculous assertion that race does not exist. And then they try to sound authoritative, to squelch the inevitable mocking dissent.

  • Brett Stevens

    I wrote the following in the comments:

    This is the new Scopes trial: do we deny biology for political reasons?

    Race exists; it’s a term we use to describe groups of traits that reflect evolutionary branching. There are four major races — African, Asian, Caucasian and Australid — and many ethnic groups composed of mixes of those.

    Science believes race exists, unless you take pains to re-define race in an illogical way, which is what all of these “race doesn’t exist” programs do.

    The ugly fact is that this diversity information is federally-funded propaganda with a leftist bias toward radical egalitarianism, and the result is a Soviet-style denial of reality.

    I am sorry my country has come to this. When reality becomes taboo, collapse is not far behind.

    I think it says most of what I think on this issue.

  • Anonymoose

    49 — Anonymous wrote at 2:58 PM on July 21:

    “What’s in it for the government to preach the non-existence of race? The question is easily answered: free markets.

    Blood and soil nationalism interferes with the sale and ownership of property by trans-national interests.

    The world is being relentlessly pushed toward a globalized regime, where any chattel and any man can be bought and sold, unconstrained by quaint notions of family, race, history, duty or destiny.

    The government works not for the people, but for the financiers.”

    _________________________________________________________

    If one believes this, one must believe that the denial of race is harmful to African American and Black African as well. The neighborhood I grew up in, in the Northeast quadrant, was racially mixed and black nationalist ideas were current there in the 1960s, and still today. My black friends did not believe that everybody was the same.

    The concepts of blood, soil, nationalism, family, destiny, duty and, yes, race, if related to properly, protect people and keep the peace. Good fences make good neighbors.

    Especially, they protect people from universalist adventurers and hegemonists — both economic and military — who are willing to destroy all of the above for the sake of their vast designs. No mistake that so many in all corners see globalism as the biggest threat.

  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    @63: “…The concepts of blood, soil, nationalism, family, destiny, duty and, yes, race, if related to properly, protect people and keep the peace. Good fences make good neighbors.

    Especially, they protect people from universalist adventurers and hegemonists — both economic and military — who are willing to destroy all of the above for the sake of their vast designs.”

    This brings to mind remarks by Peter Brimelow, at Vdare.com:

    In conclusion, I’m going to cite, as I often do . . . Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s I970 Nobel Prize speech — a speech which I think is all the more remarkable because it marks Solzhenitsyn’s break with the ideology under which he grew up, which, very like modal libertarianism today, also denied the importance and legitimacy of national communities. Solzhenitsyn said:

    “The disappearance of nations would impoverish us no less than if all peoples were made like, with one character, one face. Nations are the wealth of mankind, they are its generalized personalities: the smallest of them has its own particular colors, and embodies a particular facet of God’s design.”

    I believe that America, and the historic nations of the West, represent a “particular facet of God’s design”.

    Part of that design is liberty. Without the historic nations of the West, it will not survive.*

    *“Immigration Is The Viagra Of The State”—A Libertarian Case Against Immigration

    By Peter Brimelow, Vdare.com, June 04, 2008

  • Pelayo

    53 — Eurobeing wrote at 5:26 PM on July 21:

    I agree with commenter 41 above:

    Show us the African Country that has a space program

    Show us the African Country that has designed a system of government.

    Show us the African Country country that has mastered scientific farming.

    Show us the African Country that has developed a treatment for Aids

    Show us the African Country that has developed of sophisticated form of currency

    Eurobeing,

    Shame on you! Didn’t you hear Sinister Farrakhan tell us all about the ancient Black Egyptians who were touring the solar system in their space craft?

    I’ll add one thing to what you said.

    Show us a city or town in the US to which Blacks have brought prosperity by their presence.

  • Kilimanjaro

    @ 41

    Yes there is such an African country

    In 1910 it was created as a dominion by the British and called the Union of South Africa (USA)

    In 1961 the Afrikaners broke with Britain, turned it into a republic and renamed it the Republic of South Africa (RSA)

    Versions of the inventions listed were designed and manufactured there – and exported to the rest of Africa

    This was only possible because the country had the biggest white population – a mere 1 million in 1902 which grew to 5 million in 1990 – on the continent.

    At the same time the black population grew from 3 million to 35 million.

    In 1994 “the first democratic elections” were held and black majority rule became a reality to the delight of the left-wing-liberal-politically-correct world.

    Today, by virtually every measurable index the country is sliding into a typical African abyss.

    Why?

    1 million whites (20% of the population) have left.

    800,000 whites live in politically induced poverty as their jobs have been given to black people.

    Furthermore they are virtually denied entry into the job market due to AA and BEE legislation.

    They are denied Govt welfare support as they are deemed to have been “previously advantaged”

    They rely solely on the support of white charities for survival

    By contrast the “rest of the nation” is the most imbalanced welfare state in the world.

    It has the biggest number of welfare recipients supported by the smallest tax base

    This tax base is mainly the 9% white population still self employed.

    Those whites that have emigrated are mainly professionals and entrepreneurs and those that are destitute are the previously skilled blue collar workers and Government administrators.