Racism at a Young Age
by Ycheng on September 14, 2016 - 2:51am
From what I have learned in class, there’s only one race and it’s the human race. Race is just a social construct, of course we have different visible characteristic, however we shouldn’t classify people in different “races” because it creates discrimination in the society which is counterproductive (Diamond, 1994, para. 5). Diamond has said the only reason why we should separate in species in a biologist view, and we human is one specie (Diamond, 1994, para. 6). Furthermore, if we had to categorize from various traits, it wouldn’t work since human are mating with everyone so they will fit in more than a category like the Pacific island bird species. They have different trait from one to another but they breed between them, and the outcome of their offspring has a chance to look different from their parents. This bird species has too much variation that is impossible to separate them into categories like the humans (Diamond, 1994, para. 9). Why is it so easy to agree that this type of bird is one specie but we are having such a hard time to agree that this apply to human too? I understand that I am quite different from others, but everyone is also as different, it just not physically obvious. If I had knew this in high school I would had avoided so much unnecessary self-doubt where I belong. My skin colour, my physical trait and my ethnicity doesn’t mean I fit the norm that was created by social construct and neither does yours.
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