I am tired of seeing certain things, and it was time I had a word on it.
Racial terms in Anthropology.
Anthropology has a long and unfortunate history of using improper, unfair, and at its worst, racist and inhumane terms to define and separate different populations.
Anthropology is a slow-moving animal, these terms are slowly dying out, but that does not stop someone from being in “the old guard.” and saying something inappropriate.
So what can we do?
We must remain indignant, informed, and up to date on what the current science actually tells us, what we feel is right, and what we know is not wrong. There are no morals in science. There is doing, and not doing. Truth and soon to be or future truth. Change the story.
These individuals should be corrected with the correct, updated scientific terminology thoughtfully.
If they continue to use the hurtful and wrong terminology, I fear you may have something more than just an old scientist in front of you, but someone who views things more racially. Please do not listen to what these people espouse. Too many of our problems today come from people listening to others wishing to cause harm.
There is a specific case in Forensic Anthropology where certain terms are used because the legal industry moves even slower. By law, certain groups of people must be categorized in specific ways. Still, these anthropologists recognize that there is no biological meaning in their designations. They are regional, geographical, and most definitely not racial.