Race and Its Consequences

by Yiselperez on September 15, 2016 - 12:26pm

For centuries, race was believed to be a legit basis for the social classification of groups. Although it is scientifically proven that race does not exist in the human genome, people still choose to believe it is real. This is due to the fact that " what is defined as real its real in its consequences" according to the Thomas theorem. As stated in class, the dominant group imposes the concept of race because it benefits them. Because of this, people are negatively affected by this social concept. 

In my personal experience, I have not been submitted to  racism even though I belong to a minority group. I, however, have been a witness to racism. It was very disturbing because this kind of racism was taking place within a specific "race". At a hotel restaurant , it was possible to see how the waiters and waitresses (the majority had darker skin) did not offer the same kind of service to people of darker skin than they did to tourists that were "white". The importance devoted to the service for people of color was different. The victims felt the need to talk to the manager. I think it was racist because the waiting quality should be the same for everyone. Otherwise, they would be saying that the priority goes to white tourists. This shows how race is just an illusion and that it exist only for the people that believe in it because all of the people in the room had paid the same amount of money for the same quality of service.
 Race itself is completely useless as classification of humans [only] "shapes our views of other people"(Diamond, 1994). In his article, Diamond says that in order to be separated into sub-species or "races",groups of individuals must not be able to interbreed with each other. I think that the act of racism that I witnessed proves Diamond's argument about how the division of the human beings according to a non-subjective and scientifically disproven method is just a way for the dominant group to maintain control. It is not real, but socially constructed. As he says, for some animals, such as birds, race makes sense because the groups created according to specific genetic traits would be the same no matter the trait. The result would be accurate, which is not the case for humans. Not to mention that apart from discrimination and other horrible consequences, racism leaves certain stereotypes about each race. In brief, race is a non objective procedure which cannot be applied to humans.
 In conclusion, one can observe the reality of racism and its negative consequences on a daily basis. People feel the need to categorize themselves according to physical traits. For some animals it makes sense but, it is very disturbing to know that some people think that by doing so, they will establish what kind of human is more or less valuable than the other. 
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.
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This article caught my attention by its title: “Race and Its Consequences”. The article could have been written from so many angles that it made me curious to see which angle the author would write from. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did the article state certain definitions and concepts to help the reader better understand the premise of the piece, but a personal story also made the piece enticing.
My favorite sections of the article were the statements “race does not exist in the human genome” and “in order to be separated into sub-species or ‘races’, groups of individuals must not be able to interbreed with each other”. Both of these statements hold true and show how simple issues in the world can really be.
I come from a town that has very little diversity, so there were not many racist comments being shot around town or prejudices of any kind. My background does, however, include science. If you believe in certain scientific theories, like evolution, it is clear that racism is all within our minds. Skin color is merely the different concentrations of melanin within our cells. All of the information proven by science about “race” suggests that skin color is only an issue because we allow it to be.
This article was very interesting and entertaining to read, however it was unclear what the consequences were that were mentioned in the title. On one hand the consequences could have been the fact that people seem to categorize themselves, inflicting negative actions on themselves, or others, but the title leads the reader, or at least me, to think there are concrete examples of the consequences of race within the article.

I was drawn in by the title of this post in the sense that it could create many arguments from many different people. Upon reading the first couple of sentences i was even more drawn in by the sentence that stated,"As stated in class, the dominant group imposes the concept of race because it benefits them." I thought that this was an interesting line and it really got me thinking about racism as a whole. I never really thought about it this way in the fact that one race is the creator of racism. I also liked the fact that a real life connection was made into the response. After reading what was experienced it made me think that although society claims everyone is treated equally this just shows how there is still discrimination. Overall This was a great post with great views and a great title.

This post on racism was particularly intriguing for me to read because of your very accurate comments on how racism does not exist in the human genome. This concept is one that I have not thought about myself before, that racism is just a make-believe idea that people use to separate the superior from the inferior. Race became distinguishable over centuries because of a difference in skin pigmentation and that is all. All racist prejudices are being based on the human appearance and not what truly matters on the inside. I find it astounding that two people paying the same amount of money for equal service can be treated so differently, it is a clear example that racism is a big problem in our world. My family is made up of various cultures yet because of the color of my skin I have never been the victim of racism either yet I too have witnessed it countless times before. Mostly, I see racism in the form of degrading slang words meant to diminish the people it is directed towards. Seeing these acts of racism cause me to have an even stronger belief that all beings are the same color on the inside. Who cares if some ancestors lived closer to the equator than others?

This post on racism was particularly intriguing for me to read because of your very accurate comments on how racism does not exist in the human genome. This concept is one that I have not thought about myself before, that racism is just a make-believe idea that people use to separate the superior from the inferior. Race became distinguishable over centuries because of a difference in skin pigmentation and that is all. All racist prejudices are being based on the human appearance and not what truly matters on the inside. I find it astounding that two people paying the same amount of money for equal service can be treated so differently, it is a clear example that racist is a big problem in our world. My family is made up of various cultures yet because of the color of my skin I have never been the victim of racism either yet I too have witnessed it countless times before. Mostly, I see racism in the form of degrading slang words meant to diminish the people it is directed towards. Seeing these acts of racism cause me to have an even stronger belief that all beings are the same color on the inside. Who cares if some ancestors lived closer to the equator than others?

I loved the topic that you chose mainly because it can be looked at it in so many different ways and so many different bias's. You did a fantastic job of explaining what it means and how it relates to your personal experiences. I loved how you compared the people ignorant enough to be racist to animals and how they are acting like them. I'm not sure if that's what you mean but it seemed to come off very well. I completely agree with your statement on how racism is this imaginary thing that we make up to construct barriers and almost make ourselves feel better because certain groups frown upon the other. Where i went to high school there wasn't a lot of a racism so i didn't see it as much as i was expecting too so i consider myself fairly lucky.

I loved the topic that you chose mainly because it can be looked at it in so many different ways and so many different bias's. You did a fantastic job of explaining what it means and how it relates to your personal experiences. I loved how you compared the people ignorant enough to be racist to animals and how they are acting like them. I'm not sure if that's what you mean but it seemed to come off very well. I completely agree with your statement on how racism is this imaginary thing that we make up to construct barriers and almost make ourselves feel better because certain groups frown upon the other. Where i went to high school there wasn't a lot of a racism so i didn't see it as much as i was expecting too so i consider myself fairly lucky.

First off, I thought that this post is fantastic, however the statement about race not being human genome, I can not completely agree upon, while it is true that we as individuals and society place each other in categories because of our heritage, the way we do so has to do with how our cultures perceive each other to create these races. As confusing as this sounds it is true in some sense while at the same time untrue, confusing right? Any ways your example of witnessing racism seems to be more popular where I am from, rather then myself personally have been submitted to it. At this point in my country the topic of race is such a touchy, and taboo word. While many are away of the issue, being too aware can cause harm too, some acts of racism may be unintentional, because while it is a hot topic that is growing more and more other may try to draw it to attention first to make themselves seem not racist. Finally your title, explains it all how putting people into their own category and calling it a race is extremely detrimental to societies.

As I scrolled through the different posts on racism, this one stood out to me because of its title. The author talks about how she has witnessed racism in her life. Even though I have never been victimized due to my race, I know some people who have. One of my friends of a different race applied for a job and the interviewer declined her because he didn't think "She fit the part". This was definitely an act of racism because he was treating her differently because of her skin color. Along with the author of this post, I also find these acts of racism incredibly disturbing and am easily disgusted by it. I also found the part where she talks about the "human genome" interesting because I never really thought about that. Race isn't about DNA but about someone's appearance and they shouldn't be treated differently because of it. This post definitely interested me and kept me wanting to keep reading the authors thoughts and stories!

The title of this article really drew my interest because I wanted to see where the author was going to take it. I definitely agree with the statement, “the dominant group imposes the concept of race because it benefits them.” I believe the outnumbered find themselves superior to the minority therefore thinking the concept of race is real or matters. Similar to the author, I’ve witnessed racism at certain places like the grocery store. When someone with darker skin asked for help, the customer service was quite rude giving them the least amount of information possible where as the people that were “white” got extraordinary service, even as far as escorting to the item they needed. This supports the author’s statement “race is just an illusion and that is exists only for the people that believe in it…”
Apart from the discrimination there are many other consequences like naming stereotypes for each race really showing Race and Its consequences.

Response: Just by looking the title “Race and Its Consequence’’ drew my interest because I believe that there is a lot of race consequences. I have never been victimized due to my race, however I know a lot of people who were treated bad due to their race. reading your post was imported to me because it helped me realize how a lot of people gets treated differently in different places like restaurants. There is a lot of race consequences that people face every day due to their race and the example of someone who faced racism at the restaurant is very common. People face that every day.

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