"Look around you. Can you find anything with a moving part that was not invented by whites?"

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  1. gwalchmai

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    OK, I enjoy Fred Reed's columns. Sometimes they're off the wall, but that's mostly to irritate the nattering nabobs among us. This week's column, while questionable, does raise some interesting points. White people, by which I assume he means Western Civilization, has made a disproportional share of contributions to our modern world. I keep trying to come up with counter-examples, but so many of them involve other cultures copying and expanding on technologies originally invented by the West.

    Can y'all help?
     
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    tadbart duuuuude.

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    doesn't matter. fire and the wheel pretty much got things rolling. and the people that tamed those things were pretty dark.
     
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    how much electronic innovation has come from Asia?
    how many automotive enhancements?
     
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    Gunpowder (China?)?
     
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    The cotton gin?

    Or if you expand to western civilization. Paper, gunpowder?
     
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    Ever heard the question "Is that the real McCoy?'. Elijah McCoy was a black inventor who designed a lubricating system for the running gear of locomotives. His designed was copied but not as effective as the original. So, the story goes, when buying a new engine the question was asked of the oiling system "Is that a real McCoy?".
     
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    Eli Whitney?
     
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    I can't believe this is a serious thread... big time troll or just woefully ignorant? I guess you decide.
     
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    "Ever heard the question "Is that the real McCoy?'. Elijah McCoy was a black inventor who designed a lubricating system for the running gear of locomotives. His designed was copied but not as effective as the original. So, the story goes, when buying a new engine the question was asked of the oiling system "Is that a real McCoy?"."

    I heard McCoy was a rum-runner who brought in real booze through Canada. The speakeasy's would "advertised" "We have the real McCoy"
     
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    Google images has him as white . I checked earlier because i had heard the same thing I guess
     
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    What about George Washington Carver or Charles Drew?
     
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    Maybe after you've been with us awhile you'll learn who isn't afraid to post questions on subjects which are controversial to PC newbs.

    Do questions like this make you uncomfortable? If Fred's wrong someone of your obviously superior intellect should be able to refute his position with a few short sentences...
     
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    Arabic numerals. Arabic sciences: metaphysics, trigonometry, geometry.......
     
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    I don't know why it's not highlighted, but "this week's column" is the link.
     
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    Not every invention/innovation has a moving part. Math, medicine, science and software come to mind.

    If you want an interesting movie, check out Hidden Figures.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Figures
    based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions.​
     
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    Gee, such a dumb thread it is not worth a reply.