Creative Destruction

April 17, 2006

Cultural Pressures Cause Another Kenyan Win

Filed under: Current Events — Robert @ 7:19 pm

In yet another testament to the enduring power of cultural pressure and social construction of racial definitions, a Kenyan man and woman placed first in the Boston Marathon. This is the fourth year of the last six in which Kenyans have taken the top spot in the men’s and women’s races. Kenyan men have won 14 of the last 16 races, and Kenyan women 6 of the last 7.

The exact nature of the cultural context and social construction that cause a subset of the population of some east African nations to develop such a tremendous skill at running remains uncertain. Experts opine that it has something to do with oppression by whites.

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1 Comment »

  1. I thought ‘Kenyan’ was a nationality. I had no idea it was a race.

    Also I thought expert opinion was that that Kenyan supremacy in the athletics field has something to do with living at altitude. Maybe whites force them up there, I dunno…

    Comment by Daran — April 17, 2006 @ 8:27 pm | Reply


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