Color Blind or Blind to color

by Stevie_Wonder00 on September 13, 2016 - 2:42pm

Color Blind or Blind to inequality

 

            What is race? What makes us so different from one individual to another? Well, before I continue it is important to know that humans greatly differ from each other physically, however we are closer than we might think. In Jared Diamond's article he mentions that basing race on body chemistry doesn’t make more sense than basing race on a physical trait (Diamond, Winter, 1).

 

            To begin, we are a highly evolved society whether scientifically or technologically wise, yet many people are unable to comprehend that all human originate from Africa also known as "The Mother Land". Our unique and different looks are the simplest yet most complicated result of mutation and evolution caused by either; natural selection, sexual selection or geographic variation. An example given by the article, "Race Without Color" is that people living in more tropical area's will tend to have darker skin due to protect the skin from the sun to cause skin cancer, compared to individuals living in a colder climate will have a lighter skin tone. I remember when my 4 years old brother was playing with his best friend from Arabic decent. They both came from the same continents, yet they had different traits which physically made them different, but little do they know that they weren't so different from one another. One day, the boy asked my brother:” why are you black”. To us adult, it’s a simple question, but to them it was hard to understand why. I felt that it was my duty to pass on the knowledge on that specific subject and simply said it was the result of having close ancestry coming from more tropical areas. It’s a simple answer to give to a kid, and I felt like understanding our differences would someday help in the fight against racism.  I know that both of their difference in traits was due to sexual selection and natural selection that caused mutation but they are still too young to understand the simplicity of the complicated definition.  Although we know that we are all somewhat similar but different humans since we have the nature of having dominance over one another, or being unable to control our ego or our fear or dislike of what is different from us. We use sexual selection to create this classification, as we use our belief on who is attractive and who is not, thus causing us to classify ourselves into race based on uniquely genetic traits, just like the birds (Diamond, Winter, 11) in the article Race Without Color who formed hierarchies, thus causing discrimination, or what I believe to be the start of racism. This discrimination is easily seen in our society, mostly in the U.S, where discrimination against the visible minority is made as they are oppressed by the privileged.

 

 

 

 

 Reference

 

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.

Comments

I was interested in the part where you discussed how simple race is. I then thought about how complicated society has made it by adding as you called it "hierarchies" to it. It is and should be just because of adaptation and that in warmer climates, darker skin was more beneficial to protect against the harmful rays of the sun. I also want to point out that you said that humans have the nature to try to be dominant over one another and that it usually comes out of fear or dislike of what is different. I have heard ,through my years of schooling, from teachers that we as humans are essentially animals and have animalistic tendencies. Just as two different species or even packs of lions fight for dominance over an area, humans that are different fight for dominance. However, humans have the capacity for growth and change. Society today is not the same as it was back then and while race relation issues are still about and prominent it could be said that is is nowhere near the way it was back in the 60s.

This topic is very interesting to me. I have friends from all different races and backgrounds. I feel like society is color blind. Everyone focuses on skin color and not what makes up a person. You can't judge a book by its cover. You need to get to know people through different experiences and spending time with that person. Here in the United States race has been a very hot topic and of course everyone has some type of opinion on it. I feel like we all need to be more educated on the race issue in the US. We have no control over our skin color and we need it to survive in the climate that we live in.

The topic is very engaging to me. What caught my attention was when they mention how people that live in tropical areas tend to have darker skin to protect their skin from the sun so it won't cause skin cancer, compared to certain individuals living in a colder area will have a lighter skin color. None of us have no control over our skin color. I think society is color blind.We tend to look at the outside instead of the inside. Our focus should be more on the character of a person. Our unique different looks is what distinguish us from one another not our color.

The topic is very engaging to me. What caught my attention was when they mention how people that live in tropical areas tend to have darker skin to protect their skin from the sun so it won't cause skin cancer, compared to certain individuals living in a colder area will have a lighter skin color. None of us have no control over our skin color. I think society is color blind.We tend to look at the outside instead of the inside. Our focus should be more on the character of a person. Our unique different looks is what distinguish us from one another not our color.

The topic is very engaging to me. What caught my attention was when they mention how people that live in tropical areas tend to have darker skin to protect their skin from the sun so it won't cause skin cancer, compared to certain individuals living in a colder area will have a lighter skin color. None of us have no control over our skin color. I think society is color blind.We tend to look at the outside instead of the inside. Our focus should be more on the character of a person. Our unique different looks is what distinguish us from one another not our color.

What first drew me into your post is that people living in more tropical area's will tend to have darker skin due to protect the skin from the sun to cause skin cancer, compared to individuals living in a colder climate will have a lighter skin tone. We do not have control of our skin color and it sickness me how society has manipulated our minds to think that just because people have a different skin color than you makes them different. Yes, different skin color, but everyone is human. Overall we should not be focused on a persons skin color. What really makes us different from one another are our personalities. That is what make us who we are. My brother is half black but that doesn't make him much different then me. I wish society could come together instead of being stuck on judging people on their skin color.