Race: A sense of Identity
by B.Matthews on September 12, 2016 - 10:07pm
“Race: A sense of Identity”
What is the true definition of race? Society divides people into groups based on their skin color, whether it’s black, yellow, or white. We all know why society divided people into categories based on their race, and this is because society is still somewhat stuck in the past. We are stuck with this prejudicial idea based on the same reason, why Black people had to sit in the back of the bus. In society, the Caucasian population is still considered to be the majority of the world. In fact, humans are not diverse, instead they are destructive and they discriminate and isolate against different people of color. From what I learned in my anthropology class, the biological answer of race is easy based on how one may characterize themselves as being a person of color. According to Jared Diamond, if we were to classify human populations into groups based on their fingerprints, most races would be paired into one group. Meaning that no racial group would be classified in their own, this suggests that Caucasians would no longer be considered as the most dominant group. Now that we know the definition of race, we can apply the meaning of what race actually is in society.
Knowing your identity could be a beautiful thing, but it’s frustrating as well because society already has the idea of where you belong. Being a Black Canadian girl with Caribbean descents, I have to say that I have experienced a ton of racism in my life. Based on my personal experiences, I feel that there are still people out there who do not understand that people of color are humans and not just a category. I get to choose who I want to be based on the way I want to live, where my family originates and simply the person I want to be. Many people have told me that “I act white”, but what does that even mean and why do you have the right to tell me how I act? It’s not you who lives my life every day in my skin; in other words, I get to choose how I want to be viewed and what my sense of identity is. Others don’t get to choose my background or my culture, because I am glad to keep all my corky characteristics. In fact, I enjoy waking up in the morning, and knowing that I have surpassed the typical Black standards.
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.