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.

 

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Bibliography

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

Comments

I agree with the point you make in this article. It makes a compelling argument, including the fact that, "skin color was never only in one specific area of the world." It's true- there are people in southern Europe or Asia whose skin is just as dark as those in Africa. Thus, what we think of as "race" isn't limited to specific locations across the world. I like how you pointed out that we cannot judge a person based on "the way they walk, talk or look." This is an important point- one that goes even deeper than the "race" issue. As human beings, we need to stop forcing labels on each other and start recognizing that "race" is just an outdated concept and, while people should be proud of their heritage, we can't let skin color serve as a barrier to success for any individual or society as a whole.

Thank you for your comment! It is great to see that you appreciated my argument, but that you also enhanced my argument with your comment!

This is a great post as you reflect deeply on how you feel as a person of privilege and how you will instinctively judge another person based on their appearance and more notably their skin. Yet I feel as humans we are drawn to things that we know less about, and based on how we grew up we will make assumptions about subjects we are not accustomed to with little knowledge. I relate to this post as well as I didn't realize my comfortable lifestyle had a lot to do with a biased society.

Thank you for your comment! I believe a lot of privileged people have yet to realize how privileged, and how their status influences their judgments! Therefore, I don't think we are alone in this situation!

This is a great post as you reflect deeply on how you feel as a person of privilege and how you will instinctively judge another person based on their appearance and more notably their skin. Yet I feel as humans we are drawn to things that we know less about, and based on how we grew up we will make assumptions about subjects we are not accustomed to with little knowledge. I relate to this post as well as I didn't realize my comfortable lifestyle had a lot to do with a biased society.

I though you maid a lot of good points in your post and I appreciate your ability to reflect upon your own shortcomings when it comes to race and privilege. I think thats one of the harder things to do, often when we talk about these so called “hot topics” its easy to remove ourselves from the picture and look at it objectively. I also relate because I am reminded if how society can be brutal on the visual minority on a weekly basis because my mother and sister both have a disability which forces my mother to use a wheelchair and my sister to use a walker. While this isn't exactly the same as judging based on ones skin color I can imagine their is some similarities like being judged or people jumping to conclusions based on what they see alone. Given this unique perspective I consciously try to be one of the informed citizens helping to shift society views for all minorities.

Thank you so much for understanding my point, but also, to share your story on this post! I work with mentally challenged children, so I totally get your point: society is quite harsh on pretty much anyone that is not part of the privileged group! Let's keep society informed with our experiences!!

This post really stood out to me. I thought it was very brave to admit you have been racist in the past. I also liked how they included media and how it never really brought up the subject of racism because its too sensitive. I agree that in different areas, different races are treated in different ways. I grew up in a town with predominately white citizens so sometimes it can be hard for me to relate. The few minorities at my school were always treated with respect. I also liked the statement, "skin color was never only in one specific area of the world" because I agree with this!! Every part of the world has a different mix of people which is what makes everywhere so unique. No one should ever be judged due to their appearance because everyone is the same on the inside.

Thank you for your honesty and your kind words! I really appreciate it!

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