Edward Olmos (who, as most “Alas” readers know, plays Admiral Adama on “Battlestar Galactica”) discusses race
I just heard one of the proliferative statements done by one of the great humanitarians: He’s really trying to organize and bring us together, and he used the word ‘race’ as if there is a Latino race, an Asian race, an indigenous race, a Caucasian race or a Latino race. There’s no such thing as a Latino race. There never has been. There never will be. There’s only one race, and that’s what the show brought out. That is the human race, period!
Olmos blames our current conception of race on the legacy of slavery, specifically the exceptionally cruel (even for slavery!) form of slavery perpetuated by Caucasians against Africans.1 The argument (if I’m understanding Olmos correctly) is that, in order for Caucasians to justify treating Africans not as a subjugated people, but as property, as animals, we had to make up a construct in which Africans and white people were no longer of the same race at all.
(I think that’s all probably true, because it’s what many people I respect and who I’ve found to be generally accurate believe, but I admit I’ve never looked into the history myself.)
There’s an article about the event Olmos was speaking at at The Live Feed. Seems like an interesting discussion; I hope more video surfaces.
Via Sociological Images.
UPDATE: From Navidson in the comments at Soc Im:
I didn’t realize he always sounded like the great Adrmiral, I would love to hear the guy order some food at McDonald’s or something. It’d be so epic.
(“Super-size that! So say we all!“)
- It’s true that Africans enslaved other Africans, and sold enslaved Africans to Caucasians; however, many people believe that the slavery practices in the US was unusually totalizing and cruel, compared to many other historic practices of slavery. [↩]