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.
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.