the term appears in Google hits
more than 80 times more often than the phrase "skin color".
Thanks for bringing science into the discussion by juxtaposing the concept of "color-arousal" with the disproved and fallacious concept of "race". Skin color exists. As a matter of biology, "race" does not.
I'd have to say that color-aroused hatred has already destroyed America several times (remember the Civil War and Jim Crow apartheid?) and now the question is the degree to which it can be saved from its destruction, and how.
When we ask the question, "Does skin color-aroused ideation and emotion play a role in a public official's behavior?" I think you answered the question yourself about Rep. Joe Wilson, by pointing out that skin-color-based antagonism is a thread that has run through his entire political career. He can't see brown skin without being aroused to ideation and emotion that all-too-often lead to behavior such as he demonstrated in the House chambers, screaming at the President, "You lie!" during a presidential speech.
Whenever anyone (e.g. in the media or blogsphere) uses the word and concept "race", instead of referring to "skin color", they are injecting "race" into the debate.
The US Government's Human Genome Project has concluded that "race" does not exist and it never did:
According to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Human Genome Program:
"DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modern humans. While different genes for physical traits such as skin and hair color can be identified between individuals, no consistent patterns of genes across the human genome exist to distinguish one race from another. There also is no genetic basis for divisions of human ethnicity. People who have lived in the same geographic region for many generations may have some alleles in common, but no allele will be found in all members of one population and in no members of any other.In other words, the Human Genome Project has proven that, as a matter of scientific fact, that which we call "race" does not exist as a matter of biology, and so all references to "race" are references to a fallacy.
Although it's hard to bury the concept of race - the idea that Blacks are a subspecies of humanity - after believing this nonsense for four hundred years, there is some evidence that we are making progress.
If you Google the term "color aroused", you will find that the first of nearly 18,000 hits is our "American Journal of Color Arousal".
Of course this is virtually nothing compared to the four hundred million times the fallacious concept of race was referred to in the United States, just in the last year alone. And you find this many hits even if you exclude hits that use the words, "bike -bicycle -election -vote", where the word could be in use referring to something other than skin color.
The fact is that far from overcoming issues of skin color, we are addicted to the disproved concept of "race", and we believe that it is more important to discuss "race" than it is to discuss skin color.
This is very odd, since the only way that most people have to determine a person's imputed "race" is by referring to their skin color.
When the term "skin color" is used one one hundredth as often as the word "race" is used, then you will know that Americans have become willing to move out of the pseudo-scientific fantasies of the slavery era (e.g. the belief that "race" exists) and are more willing to discuss the matter in terms of what actually exists in the natural world: "skin color" and skin color-aroused ideation, emotion and behavior.
In the last year, there are only five million hits at Google for the term "skin color", so mathematically we are approximately 80 times more interested in discussing "race" (which doesn't exist) than we are interested in discussing "skin color", which manifestly DOES exist.
This means that we have a very long way to go and that our obsession with the fantasy of "race" could take us in unpredictable directions, such as civil war and Jim Crow apartheid. We can also elect a Black president in spite of our obsession with "race."