No, this is not a political question, or a case of racism, it's just one of the usual esoteric bits of nonsense I get tangled up with when I'm trying to find out something.
(FOR EXAMPLE: I don't remember how I got to that point, but one day a few years ago I was doing some research into something or other and I ended up reading a 10 page essay in Scientific American on how sandpaper works! Believe it or not I found the article rather interesting, and also found out that it's a perfect topic to get people to leave you alone at a party or social gathering when you don't really want to talk to anyone.)
So, with that in mind I ran across this little gem that proves we don't know as much about the colour black (Or more accurately, the lack of colour) as we think we do.
This is a new development of the Vantablack process (just out of the reactor). It’s resulted in a coating so black that our spectrometers can’t measure it! Even running a high power laser pointer across it bearly reflects anything back to the viewer.We have never before made a material so ‘black’ that it can’t be picked up on our spectrometers in the infrared.
BUT! If we did apply the same parameters to a question of "Race" we would come up with just about the same comparison!