Saturday, February 07, 2009

Skin color don't mean much

I've been trying to tell people this for years... the color of your skin is such a ridiculous and immaterial way of classifying humankind.

Your Family May Once Have Been A Different Color

To begin, please point your elbow to the ceiling.

Then imagine yourself naked.

Then look at the patch of skin on the inside of your upper arm, the part of you that almost never sees the sun.

Whatever color you see there is what experts call your basic skin color, according to professor Nina Jablonski, head of the Penn State Department of Anthropology.

And that color, the one you have now, says Jablonski, is very probably not the color your ancient ancestors had — even if you think your family has been the same color for a long, long time.

It's about time we got past the issue, I'm thinking. And yet our country -- nay, our WORLD -- has been caught up in the romance of Our First Black President... it's the dumbest thing ever, really. So last century.

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