Socially Constructed Racism

by James Coyle on Septembre 14, 2016 - 9:32am

Socially Constructed Racism

Race is a social construct, which means that it is an element of society which was created by man. Although it is common belief that there exists many different races of humans, all of them stereotypically having strengths and weaknesses, science demonstrates that there exists only the human race, and there are several reasons why. In the article “Race Without Color”, by Jared Diamond, it is mentioned that there exist several different valid ways of classifying races(Diamond, 1994, Par 5). In the case of humans, the outcome of the classification depends on which method is used, and using different methods will yield different results(Diamond, 1994, Par 5). It follows logically that humans cannot be split into races at all(Diamond, 1994, Par 5). It amazes me to think about this fact. I could have more genetic material in common with someone in Asia than someone who lives next door to me. The racism that I have witnessed throughout the course of my life, particularly towards people of color, is based on races which exist socially and have no scientific basis. All my life I have heard talk of different races, as it is something which seems to be socialized into us. It shocks met to realize that the races which I have been taught to separate and classify do not actually exist. It also disappoints me that although this information has been readily available for at least 22 years, and yet I still hear talk of races every day. It seems that as a society we are too stubborn to drop the socially constructed races we have been taught to use and accept that we actually are just one big race. This new gained knowledge has definitely impacted the way in which I see the world in the past few weeks. It feels good to accept that we are all one big race, and not so different from one another as was once thought.

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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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