The Color of Our Skin Does Not Define Our Self Value

by Kevin97 on September 13, 2016 - 2:33pm

For the past weeks, my classmates and I have had the opportunity to learn about many things regarding “race”. From what I have learned, there is only one race and that is the human race. Humans are classified in different categories of “race” based on traits that are given to them at birth. Such as, skin color, hair texture and sometimes the opposite sex they are attracted to. Race can be defined in many different ways, but sometimes race can be looked as a prejudice for many colored people in today’s society. Race can be hard to explain most of the time because of skin color. Jared diamond states something very interesting regarding race. He believes there is only 5 races, “whites,” “African-Americans,” “Mongoloids,” “aboriginal Australians,” and “Khoisan’s” (Diamond, Winter, paragraph 37), but the following races all have sub-races. Therefore, this makes it very difficult to tell someone’s race based on the color of their skin.

Moreover, like most people of color across the world, I am sometimes put into situations where the color of my skin is shown as my identity. It can be me just walking outside minding my own business or even walking into a store and being followed around for no particular reason. Sometimes I wish we lived in a world with equal opportunities and we were all viewed as human-beings and not viewed as being black or white. Many things stood out to me, but the video we watched in class really touched me. I can relate to the video, because my parents acted the same way with me when I was younger. I always questioned myself and asked why my parents treated me the way they did. They did not treat me as most other parents did to their own. They sometimes used harsh methods to teach me and my other sibling’s right from wrong. As I grew I started to understand and later on I was grateful for what they did. My parents being hard on me was the best thing for me to succeed in life.

Finally, from the reading “ten things everyone should know about”, one thing stood out to me the most, statement number four, “skin color is only skin deep”. It says, that the genes that have an effect on skin color cannot be associated with the genes influencing our hair form, eye shape, blood type, musical talent, athletic ability, or forms of intelligence (PBS). Depending on the person skin color, you may not know as much as you think you do. I strongly agree with this statement. Our skin color is not what makes us, it is just our ethnic identity. Skin color should not predict what we can or cannot do. Instead, it predicts ones future, which is the case for millions of African-Americans across the United States of America who are seen as “criminals” or “thugs”. Race is a more complex topic than people actually think. This is a challenge that people worldwide face in their everyday lives. We should meet these challenges with thoughtful actions. Using social groups rather than “race” may be the best way moving forward.

Bibliography:
Newsreel, C. (2003). RACE - the power of an illusion . Background readings. Retrieved September 12, 2016, from http://www.pbs.org/race/000_About/002_04-background-01-x.htm
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

The title again is what drew me to this post. Being an older student is this class I have had a little more experience in life. I have seen a whole lot of racism but I have seen more of the so called leaders play the race card to feather their own nest. These leaders don’t seem to remember what Martin Luther King said (I am paraphrasing):I had a dream that a man was judged not by the color of his skin but by the character of his heart. This in essence is saying that people should not define themselves by their skin color but by their character.

In my opoion the title is very powerful and it drew me to this post.How does your skin color affect how you define yourself and how others define you? What does it mean to be white and what does it mean to be black or any other skin color? Try defining yourself as an american, then that would make us all the same. I think skin colors are overrated nowadays. When people judge you off of the color of your skin, stereotypes come into play. I can relate to this issue so much because i once experienced someone being judged by the color of their skin. My best friend family once said to her boyfriend "i didn't think you would go to college, i thought you would run the streets and be a drug dealer like the rest of them". As you can see the color of your skin should not be shown as your identity.The way you act and your character should be shown as your identity, just because people of the same skin color as you do certain things doesn't mean you will do them too.

The title of this post caught my attention quickly when scrolling through the posts. When reading this i was able to relate because like everyone I myself have felt with or witnessed situations where race was a problem. This post touches upon the issues of race and why race truly doesn't mean anything and everyone is just the human race and that is what we should be referred to as. I like how the title explains how the color of ones skin is not what defines a person, rather the character of an individual is what defines them. This post made me recall a time when i was at a basketball game with my team and when we were on the court the fans were yelling at all the african american players on my team saying very racial and brutal things to them. These remarks angered me, even though they were not directed at me they were horrible comments that no one should have to listen to. My teammates never thought much about the comments and were the bigger people in the situation and that shows their true character and true value as a human being.

The title of this post caught my attention quickly when scrolling through the posts. When reading this i was able to relate because like everyone I myself have felt with or witnessed situations where race was a problem. This post touches upon the issues of race and why race truly doesn't mean anything and everyone is just the human race and that is what we should be referred to as. I like how the title explains how the color of ones skin is not what defines a person, rather the character of an individual is what defines them. This post made me recall a time when i was at a basketball game with my team and when we were on the court the fans were yelling at all the african american players on my team saying very racial and brutal things to them. These remarks angered me, even though they were not directed at me they were horrible comments that no one should have to listen to. My teammates never thought much about the comments and were the bigger people in the situation and that shows their true character and true value as a human being.

I totally love your statement about, "skin color is only skin deep". In my everyday life I see so many people from around the world achieving great things with sports, the fine arts, or changing the world and one thing that they all have in common is just the need/want to succeed but they don't ever let the view of others on their skin color or race stop them from pursuing their dreams. A powerful example of this in the real world can be seen in the article about the Olympics this year: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/these-black-athletes-are-powerfully-...
I live close by to a city where there are high levels of crime but most people still see that city as violent and or dangerous because more African Americans live there than whites. But if we look more into it there is so much more to the city that people don't get a chance to look at because they are clouded by racism. If we look at race like that and then automatically assume all African Americans are "criminals" or "thugs" we will be living in a bubble and racism will take over. When I read your last sentence, "using social groups rather than "race" may be the best way moving forward", may I ask what you mean by that?

I was drawn in to this post by the title, and by its subject matter. I completely agree with you that skin color is a difficult way to label people into “races.” I also agree with the statement “skin color is only skin deep.” I believe that a person’s skin color doesn’t define who they are- it is simply their appearance. I think that we should all work towards a world where we are defined by who we truly are and what we do, not by the color of our skin. I wish that everybody in this world was given equal opportunities but unfortunately that is not the case right now. All too often people stereotype a particular race with something- like claiming that African-Americans are “criminals” or “thugs.” I grew up in a relatively small town that was a majority Caucasian- and thus never saw many instances of racism happen. However, as I grew older and gained ore experiences I learned just how serious of a problem it was. I liked how you incorporated personal experience into this article, as it helps it resonate more with the reader. This post was very insightful, and it helped reaffirm my opinion that the only race is the human family.

The article accomplished very well the idea that race is a social construct. Like race, gender is a way that society use to organize their knowledge and experiences; in order to be able to move forward. Creating labels is the best way for humanity to make sense of the world. As it is stated in the article categories are created by men so they should not be as natural and objectively as they seem to our society. The complicated part of this concept is that we humans are so habituated to social constructs that we sometimes forget that we create them and thus they can be change. Gender is a social construct that shows the idea of women been weaker. Women objectification is a way of showing that we are not subjects but objects and we can be use as one. Living in a patriarchal world puts women in a submissive position where men have the power and control. Society standards are very difficult to accomplished and women have a very specific stereotype to adapt. Humanities categories help to understand the world but they do not have to define it. since those labels are created by men they can change and evolve in order to make a better and more united world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_genetics

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