The Color of Our Skin Does Not Define Our Self Value

by Kevin97 on Septembre 13, 2016 - 2:33pm

For the past weeks, my classmates and I have had the opportunity to learn about many things regarding “race”. From what I have learned, there is only one race and that is the human race. Humans are classified in different categories of “race” based on traits that are given to them at birth. Such as, skin color, hair texture and sometimes the opposite sex they are attracted to. Race can be defined in many different ways, but sometimes race can be looked as a prejudice for many colored people in today’s society. Race can be hard to explain most of the time because of skin color. Jared diamond states something very interesting regarding race. He believes there is only 5 races, “whites,” “African-Americans,” “Mongoloids,” “aboriginal Australians,” and “Khoisan’s” (Diamond, Winter, paragraph 37), but the following races all have sub-races. Therefore, this makes it very difficult to tell someone’s race based on the color of their skin.

Moreover, like most people of color across the world, I am sometimes put into situations where the color of my skin is shown as my identity. It can be me just walking outside minding my own business or even walking into a store and being followed around for no particular reason. Sometimes I wish we lived in a world with equal opportunities and we were all viewed as human-beings and not viewed as being black or white. Many things stood out to me, but the video we watched in class really touched me. I can relate to the video, because my parents acted the same way with me when I was younger. I always questioned myself and asked why my parents treated me the way they did. They did not treat me as most other parents did to their own. They sometimes used harsh methods to teach me and my other sibling’s right from wrong. As I grew I started to understand and later on I was grateful for what they did. My parents being hard on me was the best thing for me to succeed in life.

Finally, from the reading “ten things everyone should know about”, one thing stood out to me the most, statement number four, “skin color is only skin deep”. It says, that the genes that have an effect on skin color cannot be associated with the genes influencing our hair form, eye shape, blood type, musical talent, athletic ability, or forms of intelligence (PBS). Depending on the person skin color, you may not know as much as you think you do. I strongly agree with this statement. Our skin color is not what makes us, it is just our ethnic identity. Skin color should not predict what we can or cannot do. Instead, it predicts ones future, which is the case for millions of African-Americans across the United States of America who are seen as “criminals” or “thugs”. Race is a more complex topic than people actually think. This is a challenge that people worldwide face in their everyday lives. We should meet these challenges with thoughtful actions. Using social groups rather than “race” may be the best way moving forward.

Newsreel, C. (2003). RACE - the power of an illusion . Background readings. Retrieved September 12, 2016, from
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.

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