I recently enjoyed a great discussion with a co-worker who objected to the use of the term "race" at all. Said coworker felt that the term "race" was nothing more than an illegitimate term that was introduced by those in power (white folk) in effort to subjugate those not in power (at the time mostly non-white folk). The coworker, quoting a number of publications (which I immediately sought out and read), went on to say that biologically and genetically (you should all take note that I am clearly not a biologist, nor a geneticist) speaking there are more significant differences between certain different ethnic groups than there are between black and white people and to group humans into different "races" held no scientific weight.Jovankat wrote:There are absolutely people who think that they are more important than anyone else regardless of race and it's not a person's race that makes them less valuable just that they aren't that person. If however you scale out and see a trend in that the people who tend to think that way are privileged in a number of ways, including race then what you're quite probably looking at is structural racism. I think lots of people think that racism is only something an individual does deliberately and that is simply not true.
And just to tie this back into the thread topic ... I think many of those feathered headdresses are absolutely breathtaking pieces of art (it's probably safe to say that one bought online might not fall into this category) and regardless of their potential offensiveness, they remain beautiful.