Race: The Power Of A Lie

Superstitions about race never seem
to die, in large part because those who peddle racial
pseudo-science get

funding and publicity from the U.S. government

The Public Broadcasting System has
just finished airing a three-part wallow in brainwash

"Race: The Power of an Illusion,"
which purports, as an academic it
interviews spouts, that

"Race is a human invention."
  The truth is that
the illusion—"propaganda" would probably be a better
word—is what PBS has served up to the taxpayers who
finance it.

Produced by Larry Adelman and
funded by the

Ford Foundation
as well as the

, the first part of the series concentrates
on the "race doesn`t exist" theme, generously larded
with shots of Adolf Hitler, lynchings of blacks, and the
appropriate dirge music to make sure you`re in right
mood for the message the series is sending.

The series interviews such heavies
as the late

Stephen Jay Gould
of Harvard, geneticist

Richard Lewontin
, anthropologist Alan Goodman, and
various black academics like

biologist Joseph Graves
and historian Evelyn Hammond
(the source of the quote cited above). 

Not one single scientist who
believes that race really does exist is interviewed,
though half a dozen could be named.

But bias isn`t the heart of the
series` problem. Plain untruthfulness is.  The whole
series is framed by a discussion in what`s supposed to
be a high school science class, where students of
various racial backgrounds are asked to select other
students to whom they are probably most closely related
genetically. Predictably, each student picks someone of
the same or similar racial background. Predictably also,
that turns out to be wrong—at least according to the

The class then took DNA samples
form each other and analyzed them, and lo and behold, if
it didn`t turn out that the racial "identities" the kids
had picked were all wet.

The DNA tests supposedly show, as
one pathetic kid named "Noah," who looks like a teenage
Woody Allen, blurts, that "we`re all just mongrels."

The problem is that the test the
students conduct proves nothing, as biologist Michael
Rienzi points out in a blistering critique of the series
in the June issue of
American Renaissance
, the monthly newsletter

racial realities

As the program notes, the DNA the
students are testing is what`s called "mitochondrial
DNA," stuff from the cells that is inherited exclusively
from the maternal line. As Dr. Rienzi notes, "all
mitochondrial DNA can tell any individual is the
possible place of origin of one out of thousands of
ancestors. It is impossible to determine race this way,
and for the `experts` to imply that this test somehow
invalidates the concept of race is outright deception." 

In fact, as Dr. Rienzi also notes,
a genetic test that does reveal ancestry and genetic
relatedness (and therefore race) is readily available to
any high school class, and indeed is accessible on the
web. Its latest version, he tells us, "determines the
proportion of ancestry that is Indo-European
(Caucasian), African (sub-Saharan African; i.e., Negro),

Native American
(Amerindian), or East Asian (Mongolid/Oriental/Pacific
  It`s produced by a
company that specializes in identifying criminal
suspects for law enforcement through

DNA samples

The PBS propaganda makes much of
the claim that "there is no single gene unique to any
particular racial group."
But so what? The
implication the series insists on drawing is that
members of any given "race" may differ from each other
more than each does from a member of another "race";
therefore, race doesn`t really exist.

But as Dr. Rienzi points out, by
the same argument, one could claim that, if, "for any
particular genes or traits, two family members are less
like each other than to a complete stranger, then
`family does not exist, and family is an illusion.`"


A man with hair color different
from that of his own brother would be said to be "more
closely related" to a non-relative who has the same hair

The argument the PBS series is
making is absurd on its face.

There`s a good deal more in Dr.
Rienzi`s critique that`s a bit too complicated to
discuss, but falsehood by falsehood he takes the PBS
series apart at its seams.

PBS`s lies about race are worth
exposing, not only because it`s not true that we`re all
mongrels but also because those lies help perpetuate the
anti-white claims that whites and their whole
civilization are inherently "racist" and based on the
repression and exploitation of other races.

Showing that it`s the anti-white
crusaders who are doing the lying and perpetrating the

—and who just possibly might like to
do a bit of repressing and exploiting themselves—tells
us a few truths, not only about race itself but also
about how Americans of all races are being deceived
about it.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

Americans For Immigration Control