wealthy So…superior position of the white race by virtue of the assignment of the color white to human bodies. He declared that there “must be a position of superior and inferior.” He perfectly understood the arbitrary nature of such an assignment having been given to white people and was in favor of having been placed into the “superior position” as a result. Even though history recounts his upbringing as meager and Lower class, much like the wealthy Souther…
Dr. Cynthia Alease Smith
Brilliant article, Dr Cynthia.
No punches pulled, actionable, visceral, feisty, perceptive, heartbreaking and utterly readable! Kudos! Your writing is so lucid, almost poetic!
As an Indian residing in Ireland for the last decade, I totally empathise with your frustrations & fear.
My tuppence based on Angela Saini's also excellent "Superior": Race isn't real. There is no scientific consensus that it exists. Or how many there are. Or how to classify them. Racial categories we use are arbitrary. Moulded by social and cultural constructs. I genuinely think this book is the only origin story of our species we need.
I reckon it makes a perfect science-backed companion article to your brilliant writing - so would really appreciate your feedback!