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On race as a cultural determinant, “So say we all!”

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Battlestar Galactica event at the UN, Tuesday 17 March, 2009

Battlestar Galactica event at the United Nations, 17 March 2009

Edward James Olmos, star of the Battlestar Galactica television mini-series, registered a huge success at the UN on Tuesday night. He literally took over the Economic and Social Council Chamber by addressing the racial issue. There is only one race, said he, the human race. So say we all!, he shouted, once, and again, and again, until a large number of people in the audience responded by shouting back in unison.

Olmos was reacting to a statement made by a UN official who had said something along the lines of human rights having to be applied without any discrimination based on religion, race, color…

An outraged Olmos immediately took him on, explaining that race was a 600 year old invention of the Caucasian race. By inventing races, and the other, Caucasian had invented racism.

As the crowd chanted, the triumphant Olmos turned to the UN official: when a bug tells you I don’t like you, then this is racism.

The UN official did manage to respond that by using the word race, he had only been quoting from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…