Law of racial thermodynamics

In human thermodynamics, the law of racial thermodynamics is an analogy-type postulate, modeled on the law of conservation of energy, introduced by American law professor and critical race theorist Richard Delgado, in his 1990 article “Does Voice Really Matter?”, wherein he stated that: [1]

“There is change from one era to another, but the net quantum of racism remains exactly the same. Racism is neither created nor destroyed.”

This is sometimes paraphrased as: [2]

“Racism is never destroyed but always comes back in new forms.”

To explain this in a physics sense, one can argue that racism is a force, such as theorized in integration and segregation thermodynamics models, that keeps groups separated, and that owing to law of conservation of force, which states that forces cannot be created nor destroyed, that so to racism cannot be created nor destroyed.

Whatever the case, the pros and cons, validity, and or difficulties on theory to the idea of the "conservation of racism" in a physical science sense are yet to be worked out.

See also
Laws of human thermodynamics
Laws of social thermodynamics
Integration and segregation thermodynamics

1. (a) Delgado, Richard. (1990). “Does Voice Really Matter?” Virginia Law Review, 76: 105-06.
(b) D’Souza, Dinesh. (1996). The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society (pg. 17). Simon and Schuster.
2. Feagin, Joe R., Vera, Hernan, and Batur, Pinar. (2001). White Racism: the Basics (pg. 219). Routledge.

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