The Emergency to Learn
by K-J on September 19, 2016 - 10:38am
The emergency to learn
I was clearly not as familiar as I thought with the term "race". I had a very focussed idea on this subject and I had never thought of the million ways we could approach it. I knew about this way of dividing people into categories, but I quickly realized and learned about those categories that we call race, and the fact that they may be illogical.
One of the main thing that I realized was not common to me is the geographical perspective of races. In other words, I was not conscious about the fact that races were based on pretty much colors and that it was not making any sense. As we saw in class, according to the five races that are typically used in surveys and stuff, we classify people from some part of the world with other that are living completely elsewhere and that most of the time have a totally different culture.
The fact that we keep on going with the classification of humans is something that seem awful to me considering the fact that we are not even able to do so with a little bit of coherence. According to Diamonds, a more proper way of doing it would be to take into consideration much more mutable genes when we classify people into races. In other words, we would have to take into account facts that are more relevant. It would give a lot more credibility to the issue if we were considering more than one single difference, or more significant differences to classify people into various specific group. It has to deal with as many genes’ differentiation as possible (Diamonds, 1994, Para. 41). For sure, this argument seems pretty plausible to me. Races as they are today, are just weak. We cannot relate on groups that exist just because people in it seem similar on the outside, but are actually pretty different on the inside.
However, thinking about the solution brought by Diamonds about grouping people according to more genetic evidence, the problem may still persist. Despite the fact that racism is now more known and less taboo, social construction are so strong and hard to break that we will have to work hard to change the perception of people about those small differences that seem so big between people. I try to be optimistic about that, but unfortunately I have a hard time imagining today’s world with no racial generalizations based on what the eye see. Sadly, visual aspect of people are what the human’s eye see first, but I truly hope that this is something we can improve. Don’t you think the time to evolved and forget about old false information that has been teach when the world was still ignorant of true origin of humans’ differences has come?
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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.