Everything Wrong About the Concept of ''
by benjydrapeau on September 13, 2016 - 8:51pm
The concept of “race” has always been an enraging subject of discussion. People all have opinions on what is race and on what can be considered racist. However, Jared Diamond’s view on the subject, explained in his article “Race Without Color”, draws attention and sparks discussions.
The article talks about how the concept of human “race” is scientifically impossible. Now, we all know that the word “race” is used in science to divide the better classify the numerous populations of a given species. However, one of the most important rules in science to create races is that the physical traits on which we base ourselves to create set races have to be concordant with location (Diamond p.2). However, it has always been clear that skin color was never only in one specific area of the world. For example, indeed, there is a high percentage of Black people in Africa, but there is also a high percentage of White people in the same continent. There are also a lot of White people in Europe and North America, where a lot of Non-White people also live in. Now that Jared Diamond proved his point, I realize how ignorantly racist I was. That’s because the concept of “White privilege”, or the idea that White people are in power in our society and have privileges no other “race” has. White people have been in power for centuries, and they don’t want to lose that power because science told everyone else that the very concept on which lies that power is, in fact, nothing. So, they just didn’t pay attention to it, media didn’t really spread the word, and people were misinformed. These people include myself. I will, for example, in my life, try to “guess” someone’s personality just by the way they walk, talk, or look. And look, unfortunately, includes skin color. I admit, these are racist moves that I’m not proud of. But I now see how brutal society is towards visual minorities. I can do whatever I want and have the consequences that I’m promised. A visual minority could have a way worse consequence if that person did the same act as me. I now see that society generally benefits more White people than racial minorities. Now, as part of the informed citizens, I try to influence the people around me, and, hopefully, make society’s view on “race” shift.
In conclusion, by looking at Jared Diamond’s article, we understood that, because human races cannot be classified by location-specific genes, the concept of human “race” is, therefore, scientifically impossible. I wish though, that the information science finds would travel more quickly and had a greater impact on society.
Diamond, J. (2016, Winter). Race Without Color. In A. Nouvet (Ed.), Anthropology 381-101-LA: The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism. Saint-Lambert, QC: Champlain