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Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 22:36:06 -0400 (EDT)
From: Michael Straight 
Subject: Re: (urth) Those chems

On Fri, 6 Sep 2002, Roy C. Lackey wrote:

>     'You said that you were not a chem. I'm not one of those ignorant and
> prejudiced bios who consider themselves superior to chems, but I know--'
>     'You lie!'"
> Then Lemur pitched a fit and fired the azoth. (LS2, 12) He didn't want to
> admit that he was a chem because he was aware of the prejudice, and even
> seems to have shared it.

Yeah, but knowing human beings, that prejudice could easily exist whether
there was any basis for it or not.

You could re-write that substituting whites, blacks, and the accusation
that a man who looked white had some black ancestry, and you'd have a
conversation that would have represented the attitudes of a whole lot of
real-world people a hundred years ago.  But I wouldn't site that fact as
evidence that blacks aren't really sentient.



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