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Race is defined as:
1. A local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics.
2. A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution: the German race.
3. A genealogical line; a lineage.
- There are no groups distinguished by different genetically transmitted physical characteristics? I agree with you that the lines for race are Subjective. But one can clearly see the White man is genetically phenotypically different to the African. This can be further broken down between East African and West Africans, or between Shona, Zulu, or the Oromo. While this too plays an importance (and widely acknowledged in Africa) it is important to recognise these differences, not because of how people look but due to their different cultural experiences; just as it is important to remember our similarities and the oneness of humanity. Are you saying there is no need for 'Black Power'?
Strictly speaking, 'White people come from Africa' - is not entirely factual, i mean its still up for debate. Anthropologists still argue today over Monogenism (the theory you stated) VS Polygenism. Then theres the issue of the Neanderthal blood.
I personally dont care. But if the white man did origiate from Africa as in Monogenism - then it is accepted he would have left 'Out of Africa' during the pre-homo sapien sapien stage, not as what we now know as human. AND he then, as human, black, had to undergo over 20 THOUSAND years in the ICE, while Africans were building pyramids and such. I dont say that to discredit white people, just to examplify the signficant differences in the experience (and therefore culture) of the two GROUPS of people from the earliest parts of humanity.
So even in Monogenism - you cant discount different "groups of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution"
Race whether you call it Race or Groups of people or Tribes, EXIST my brother. Speaking as an African who since slavery and transport through the middle passage of the TransAtlantic Ocean, domicile for over 400 years under inequality and total amnesia.... the recognition of the AFRICAN as a group is not something to be played with. Going to the 3rd definition - a genealogical link - most of the children of slavery CANNOT trace their specific genealogical links. We don't have that luxury. We recognise that we were taken from Africa, as Africans. (And didn't go through the past 5 centuries to then be told there is no such thing as Black people or Africans)
Finally, HAILE SELASSIE, MARCUS GARVEY, and KING EMMANUEL I; all spoke of, to, and for, the upliftment of Africans or Black people. So Rasta (by definition) cannot tell I to put down the idea of Race.