Wednesday, September 20, 2006

What "Race" Does Not Explain

Speaking of race, Thabiti explains What "Race" Does Not Explain.

Here is an excerpt:

"The economical explanatory shortcut that the construct suggests is powerful and seemingly intractable. For once you enter into 'race as explanation' for whatever you're discussing, it is almost certain that you will never emerge with a solution premised on anything but 'race.' In other words, you can't solve problems associated with 'race' by thinking about them racially. In my experience (as a trained psychologist focusing on racial identity attitudes, as a student of African and African-American history, as someone who has put in his time working on 'racial' justice at grassroots and national policy levels), 'race' is a trickbag that tears away at the more fundamental anthropology revealed in Scripture from Gen. 1:26,27 to Acts 17:26a."