Growing Up with Racial Ignorance
by Austin Robson on September 13, 2016 - 8:59pm
You think you know what you're getting when you're taking a race and racism course. I mean it's right there in the title; race and racism. A class where you learn about differences between all the races in the world and delve into the prejudices that surround these races. That was from the case. Learning that the idea of race is essentially a myth and just an excuse to put us into social groups was quite awakening. You're brought up to learn that you do differ from human beings based upon your pigmentation and physical traits, so to learn the opposite in such a quick fashion can be a tad overwhelming although still refreshing in the sense all humans can be viewed as the same. What stood out to me in Diamond's article was that with our procedures for by Provider"> validating races we would actually group Greeks and Italians with Nigerians. (Diamond, 1994, Par 5) To know that our system for classifying races could be so skewed is quite alarming and this only clarifies the fact that separating us into races is the incorrect thing to do. Another topic brought up in the Diamond article that surprised me was that we weren't actually evolved from the process of natural selection. Our physical traits that vary from different places of the world were actually evolved by the means of sexual selection according to the article. (Diamond, 1994, Par 23 ) Although Diamond claims this is just one of the explanations for sexual selection, as Diamond then explains that there could be no function at all for our process of evolution stating the example of the differences between European and Aboriginal fingerprints as genetically determined. (Diamond, 1994,Par 26) Diamond goes to great anthropological lengths to show us that our ancestry is not so different after all and I feel he does a great job of doing so. Growing up with the idea of different races actually put's us at a social disadvantage because we see other humans as different just because of pigmentation. It is up to parents and educators to make the youth aware of the myth behind races. Being aware is half the battle.
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.