Oak Park is justifiably proud of being one of the few U.S. communities to plan for their integration. The result is a thriving heterogeneous place that is still trying to figure out how people of different backgrounds can live together. Given that noble goal, I am disappointed to see people still employing a scientifically discredited concept of race to discuss differences. How does one racially categorize a person who speaks Spanish and has very dark skin? Hispanic, Black, Other? Anthropologists have for some time abandoned the concept. Oak Parkers should follow their example. See The American Anthropological Association's Statement on Race, 1998 (http://www.aaanet.org/stmts/racepp.htm).
Jay Ruby, Ph.D.
Anthropologist and DOOPer
(OPRF class of 1953)
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