Race: Misused by too Many

by PamC on September 11, 2015 - 2:39pm

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On April 6th, 2015, Geraldine Estevez posted an article entitled “When Dating, Stick to your Race” on the Huffington post blog. She discusses how, as a Latina, the men surrounding her feel very strongly about the stereotypes that depict how women should behave in this culture. They insist on dating people that they consider from being part of their race. She mentions how one of her male friends even goes as far as blaming a failed relationship on the race of a Dominican girl he was seeing. The author expresses her strong disagreement to these views, and explains how in order to enrich oneself and expand personal knowledge, you can simply not place such restrictions, especially when it comes to dating. She links her perspective of this issue to the world, describing how in life in general, you need to aspire for great things and see further than your reality. She aims to demonstrate how using race as a restriction for dating or any aspect of your life only results in a narrow-minded way of life that ultimately makes you miss out on great things.

Geraldine Estevez knows that she is Latina, and she self-identifies as being of this specific race without any problem. This exemplifies a very important point; there is nothing wrong with using some type of label to identify with a specific group of individuals, however, using this label as a reason for imposing constraints seems like a wrong thing to do, and it is too often misused to do so. What is very sad about what is said in the article is that race seems to be so easily mistaken for culture. Her young male friend only exemplifies how many people associate skin color to way of life, and blame one when the other is at fault. Two individuals may have incompatible ways of life possibly due to the culture they were brought up in, but race has absolutely nothing to do with it. Many individuals from the same race are brought up using different ideologies, which could as equally make their lifestyles incompatible. As mentioned in the article “Race without Color”, body chemistry does not match skin color (Diamond, 1994, p.4). The way individuals function, the character they have, and the lifestyle they choose has nothing to do with the pigmentation of their skin. It is this point particularly that I agree with most in the article, as it is so wrong to use a physical trait as an excuse to restrain people from doing certain things. The author enhances the truth about how race is used unfairly in society, and she could not be more correct when stating that this type of behaviour needs to stop, as it is obstructing our world and adding unnecessary boundaries in people’s lives.

Diamond, J. (2015, Fall). Race without color. In A. Nouvet, (Ed.), Anthropology 381-204-LA: The myth of race and the reality of racism (p.1-8). St-Lambert, Qc: Champlain College Bookstore.

Estevez, G. (2015, april 6). When dating, stick to your own race. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geraldine-estevez/when-dating-stick-to-you...

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