Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Race - the unenlightened Enlightenment

I’m cleaning out my attic of old Outlook messages.  One is a link to “The Enlightenment’s ‘Race’ Problem, and Ours”, Justin E. H. Smith, New York Times, 2013-02-10.

My note with it is “This is something for both racists and unfair-campaigners to think about.”

The basic thrust of this article is that it is environment that determines achievement and not an artificial construct such as “race”.

Interestingly, the Enlightenment was bracketed by the likes of Anton Wilhelm Amo and Alexandre Dumas, both famed writers with ancestors in Africa.