Cultural studies February 3, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Fantastic takedown of William Reveille’s recent article here in the IT. I wonder if WR will respond.
There’s an interesting discussion, or half-discussion in comments which mentions the South African apartheid state. My father who wound up as an archaeologist visited SA shortly after the regime fell and was appalled by the museums there which dating from the apartheid era had displays detailing completely incorrect evolutionary and racial ‘theories’.
Anyhow, in the response in the IT was some good stuff. Particularly so was this…
Even if we were to try and find essential traits that define some culture, it would be a Sisyphean task. Even white skin is a relatively recent mutation – dark skin was the norm across central Europe for most of prehistory, with white skin confined to the northern-most part of the continent. The first farmers from the Near East carried genes for both light and dark skin. They reproduced with local hunter-gatherers, and it was only 5,800 years ago that the depigmentation gene variant known as SLC24A5, once rare, exploded in frequency across the continent. Far from being an essentialist trait, the emergence of white skin as a common phenotype required the sustained interbreeding of many cultures. Incidentally, this, of course, makes the spectacle of white supremacists touting racial purity as deluded as it is disgusting.
I know it’s obvious but in this world it bears constant reiteration. particularly in a supposedly ‘post-truth’ world.