An interesting article by the BBC which uses this question as example to show a form of bias that is relatively widespread but not really acknowledged:
Makes you wonder to what degree the same argument applies to other preconceptions.
I don't know whether it is true, but someone told me that African people had stronger muscles and/or could use them more efficiently than other people.
I would answer the BBC article with, I don't know, are white people better conquers, Asians smarter people and Mexican's better landscapers. Slow news day I guess.:rolleyes:
In a manner of speaking...we dont know.
Its been a long time since generations of white men ran 20 miles a day to hunt down and chase down prey for food.
Does this give Africans a genetic disposition? Dont know. I doubt if the gene pool has had time to optimize their bodies for running and hunting still.
Kenyans usually do well in long distance marathons because they run like that all the time.
I think alot of it has to do with mindset. Many black youths dont grow up wanting to be a banker or computer engineer as they didnt grow up with that stuff. My Friend D has a son who has grown up around computers and can spell and read at a 8th grade level and hes only in 3rd grade. Kid makes me feel stupid on computers.
Kids in the hood see sports as their ticket out of low income and they work at it all their lives. This doesnt give them a genetic superiority, they are more motivated and practiced at it.
I grew up in a mostly white suburban neighborhood. There were no computers, no nintendo, not even Sega and Atari.
We played, ran, bicycled, and played basketball and football from sunup to sundown.
Now there are so many other things to occupy time that kids dont get out like they used to. Unless they live in a poor neighborhood and dont have all the modern niceties so they still go outside and play every day.
IMHO this is like nature versus nuture to a extent. It is mostly nuture, a result of enviroment.
Just a hint here, but the article actually contains the answer to that question :)
In essence the article claims that there is a common form of bias among white people to consider all black people to be the same. This extends to sports where it is usually a very small group of black people that excells while most other black people aren't any better or worse. Or to work where people with a name common among black people are less likely to get a job, even if they have better qualifications.
White people usually always win at rowing. So you could argue it would vary sport to sport. But in personal opinion, no race is better at anything or "superior", while each might excel at certain stuff, it all adds to the achievement of the human race. also not every black person is "From the hood"
Mostly culture I assume. Asians are viewed as smart because well, brains are incredibly respected, and are known for hard work. All the time spent growing rice is the same as figuring out a math problem. It takes a lot of dedication, something that is very known in that society.
Also all the little things like video games and relationships are usually restricted. Seriously, you can get in serious trouble with your school for having a boyfriend/girlfriend. Keeps students focused.
Victim of Forgotten HopeForum bystander
26th April 2004
I do think it's funny that university personnel can not make statistics about certain things, because they're "racist" or "politically incorrect". One example is IQ differences between nations.
Of course some people will generalise these statistics that all Africans are dumb, but those are as silly as those who think such statistics should be banned as if people couldn't interpret them themselves and understand reasons behind them.
Statistics tell that, let's say, Muslim immigrants in Europe are more likely to be involved in crime than original citizens. It's a stastistical fact, and this political correctness nonsense only hides problems, thus we can't fix them.
As a Finn, I acknowledge that Finnish men much more likely will have alcoholism and domestic violence related problems than French men. It's okay to say so, and in fact we need to say such things aloud. Only then can we do something for the better.
Well the point is that particular representatives of a (very broad) group being more likely to do something doesn't mean that the group as a whole is more naturally predisposed to doing it. But of course people lend undue importance to skin color as a demarcation; to avoid doing so would be politically correct cowardice. :rolleyes:
I was under the impression that since statistically, black people are taller - it had something to do with their centre of gravity (belly button is centre of gravity for humans, apparently). Or rather, I read it somewhere (if I come across the source I'll post it). Basically, their centre of gravity is offset slightly enough so that they can achieve higher runnings speeds, due to their belly button being slightly higher on average than a white person's on average.
White people, on the other hand, have a centre of gravity more suited to swimming, because we have our belly buttons closer to the ground. It sounds rediculous, but apparently it's true. Wish I'd saved the page now.