Race cannot be classified into a hierarchy
by Oliver on September 13, 2016 - 1:16pm
All humans are different, physically for sure but also inside their body. I am talking about what only science can tell us. But socially we have created many categories to separate people into the groups to which they belong. Do we really belong to a certain category which is made of society’s point of view based on “race”?
In Jared Diamond’s article, it is explained how many things are classified and separated into groups, for example whites and blacks or different types of animals. It also explains how classification presents a problem of “hierarchy”. This classification is even used for birds; it is called a” hierarchy of distinctness”. Starting with a “distinct group as a race separate from the rest” and it continue by “separating populations as race”, but the problem with this classification “is that the extent to which you continue the racial classification is arbitrary”. The article also shows the variability of traits by which we classify race, the first one varies because of natural selection, and the other one varies geographically because of sexual selection(2016, para.11-12-13). This can be applied to birds to recognize them and know specific things about them. In a certain point of view, I understand that it is used for people to just know specific information about them. But in another way I do not believe that human should be classified by race because the only difference is the skin color and some physical traits, other than this all humans are alike.
With this article I now have a better understanding of why people are so different looking, due to their origins or habitat. Although there are these differences, inside each of us nothing really is different, because we all have the same genes and cells, it is only the adaptation that our body made that shapes people in their own ways. Also it is more comprehensible how those categories were made to classify people. At first it was not a racial problem, it was more because the majority groups believed something and then it had evolve into something bigger than the social view, and ended in everybody having the same idea about race. In Diamond’s article, it says that “five major races are recognize by anthropology textbook: “whites”, “African blacks”, “Mogoloids,” “aboriginal Australians,” and “Khoisans.”” Before, I didn’t know that all the categories mostly known in our generation come from these ones at the beginning and that in general people only knew the sub-races, like “Asians”, and “Black People” (Diamond, 2016, para. 36)
Race is something used for animals and in my opinion it should not be used to classify people into different groups because people seem to forget that everybody has one brain, a heart and two legs. These are some examples to show that all people look alike.