No Biological Diffrence
by DGermain01 on September 12, 2016 - 7:19pm
Race is a very touchy subject in society today. It used to be that race wasn’t a problem and racism was accepted and encouraged basically everywhere. Nowadays, it is not alright. It is not alright to be racist and it is becoming less and less alright to use race in any situation. I recently read Jared Diamond’s article ``Race Without Color`` and one part I very much liked was when he said that we cannot classify people like we do with animals because it changes how we view that person. He says that when we classify someone as different than us we subconsciously justify discrimination. He says that even if we could classify humans, we shouldn’t. (Jared Diamond, 1994, para.6) This relates to what we have been learning in class. We learned that biologically there is no way of classifying humans the way we do animals. This is something I had no clue about. I thought race was just something that was there and that we were forced to live with, and that racism is what we needed to stop. I didn’t know that race was a socially constructed term and that the real way to eliminate discrimination is not by targeting racism, its by targeting the very idea of race. Its by no longer classifying humans into their own little groups, and instead live together as one society. I realize after only a handful of classes talking about the idea of race and how it came about, that it was only used as a way for one ``race`` to take power. I do not know this for fact, but race was probably constructed by a white man who then used it to make believe that being white made you more powerful than anyone else and in the end control other ``races`` however they wanted. White men took over native lands and enslaved blacks all based on the social construct that ``whites are superior and more powerful``. Its bogus. We are barely different biologically, what is really different is the colour of our skin. But now, over the years of this segregation between races, some behaviours have been attributed to certain ``races`` and this is what will keep the idea of race going. Personally, I don’t think we will be able to rid the world of the term race, it will always be kept alive, no matter how much evidence refutes it. Word count: 402
Diamond, J. (2016, Winter). Race Without Colour. In. A. Nouvet (Ed.). Anthropology 381-101-LA: The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism. Saint-Lambert, QC: Champlain.