The Impact of Our Society
by 1531424 on September 12, 2016 - 10:13pm
This assignment will discuss my own personal experiences and a combination of the material that I learned in class. I will also go through my own reflections that I developed and how my perspective on our society has changed during the course of my class lectures.
Since the beginning of the semester I have learned a lot of different things on the subject of race. Something that stood out to me the most was the fact that there is no such thing as race. According to sociologist race is a term that was initiated by our society. Our society created this thing called “race” that puts us humans in different so called categories. As oppose to Biologist they classify living creatures into species (Diamond, J., 2016, para 6). This fact led me to reflect that we as human are even more alike then I thought. I believed that we were all the same but the only thing that was differentiating us was our race/categories but now I know that there is no such thing as race.
The concept of race fluctuates depending on your personal experiences in my opinion. Depending if people have been racist towards you or not you may believe race is an actual concept if people don’t like you because of your race. The most significant thing that I learned in the power point in class was that we are all different because of natural selection. This changed my view on the world because I now don’t look at physical traits as part of a race.
The activity that has stood out the most to me is the one that we had to put different people into to different categories (black, white, Latino, etc.). I was surprised that I couldn’t identify every person’s ethnicity that easily. I learned in that class activity that you can not easily categories people in ethnic groups based on there physical appearances. I also was really surprised when I found out that there was no such thing as race. As I grew up society has imposed on me and on other people that we all are part of a racial group. Now sociologist are saying that we as society established that and there is no such thing as race. This made my view of the world change drastically. I now see our society has a bigger impact on younger generations and on the way people think.
If society had a big control on our way of thinking about race and how it existed. What else is society making us believe exist?
Diamond, J. (2016,winter). Race Without Color. In A. Nouvet (Ed.), Anthropology 381-1010-LA: The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism. Saint-Lambert, QC: Champlain.