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Racial Representation in Democracy Watch

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    (Original post by The_Last_Melon)
    It should be based on genetics with a minimal proportion requirement for representation, say 1% of the populous. There should also be a "Minority Representative" to raise the most
    important issues for the smaller groups. Clearly this would require accurate quotas.
    But genetics of what? Specific markers? Variation? Still, who decides what counts? Do different african groups get one each, or just one black rep for anyone of african ancestry? What about mixed raced?

    (Original post by the_last_melon)
    I don't understand what you mean to say that differences are "more confined than racial". Are you saying that the differences are trivial? If so then you're focussing only on the trivial differences.
    Not that they are trivial, but these differences are not at the racial level. They are more local. Youll be hard pressed finding traits that everyone in a group share beyond skin colour. The identifiable traits (like sprinting) are found in populations within racial groups (sometimes between them) not the race as a whole.
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    (Original post by The_Last_Melon)
    I was wondering, and I think it's a good idea, that there is a democratic representative for each ethnic group in a population for the sole purpose of raising issues that affect that ethinicity. Eg in America there is a situation where black people keep being shot. If there was an ethnic representative then he could continually raise this issue to the government. There is a problem that some voices won't be heard and that there will be serious injustices happening systematically because of tensions between ethnic groups. If there is an ethnic representative then at least these people can have their voice heard so that they don't have to resort to violence.
    What do you mean representative? Will this be an elected governmental role?

    And there are thousands of ethnic groups. Just say race, don't be politically correct. However this is just impractical considering how the government is structured. A rep for each race would mean, either this person is appointed by someone in the Executive Branch, either on the federal, state or local level (appointed by the president, governor or mayor) or, they stand for election to be the "racial representative," and the public votes. Do you know how expensive lobbying is? It's not a bad idea really I just don't think it's realistic. Perhaps there does need to be greater focus on each major race/religion in integrated societies, it just sounds like segregation for there to be a rep for each though. How about people stop being racist, and laws/policies are created to assure this.
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    (Original post by Aceadria)

    They may not, but to assume that they will in the future based purely on what history has shown is wrong. You cannot predict the future based purely on the past.
    And to assume they won't biased on wishful thinking is even worse.
 
 
 
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