Each Person Differently Views Race and Racism
by J.Landry on September 13, 2016 - 1:37pm
The subject of “racism” has always been around and I doubt that it will disappear anytime soon. And I’ve heard the word a lot growing up. My grandmother had always made a point that she wasn’t racist every time we saw her. In this class I have learned that many different people have different views on what is racist, just like they have on what “race” means. I’ve always known that each person thinks differently from another. This class and the reading that had been assigned just showed me, and continues to do so, exactly how different people view what a race is.
I have never had a problem with “race” or “racism” or anything in that area, but my best friend has. She grew up in a town where there weren’t many other different cultures present. The dominating population’s “white” Catholics. My friend’s family was the only Asian family in that region. Though she grew up with everyone, minus me, in her class she still had been somewhat ostracized for her physical features and of not being of the same “race” as everyone else. She had been bullied for how she looked, what she ate, etcetera. Though she grew up with these people she was still described as “the Asian” and a bit alienated from some things. I find it completely unfair and very rude.
In class we talked about how the classifications of race can be and are very broad. They aren’t specific and often do not include everything. We learned that the categories the government uses to classify people aren’t the same as what one person would say they are. And some of those categories can be ridiculous. I had no idea that the government had a classification system until we spoke about it. These classifications can be unfair to others and have only a small and limited number of categories. It’s unfair to everyone. Especially when they base the categories on what they think should be the criteria.
I find myself agreeing with Jared Diamond when he says that we put a lot of emphasis on our sex appeal to attract other people. We make ourselves as attractive as possible to catch the eye of the opposite sex to have intimate relations with, and the extra care we take to look good has absolutely nothing to do with outrunning a lion or other carnivorous predator. We make ourselves look is not a survivor skill that we’ll need. And he mentions that what one group of people living in one region find attractive won’t be the same in another region of the world. This too is something I agree with. In one part of the world a hairy man is very attractive while it won’t be in another part of the world.
In that there, what someone may find attractive and another wouldn’t, enforces that different people view things differently. “Race” is no exception to that. Nor would racist comments. If we are all so different in thought process, wants, needs, then why can’t the governments accept that and not try and put people in what they think are appropriate categories?