Race has been and always will be a controversial topic. Sociologists argue that race is socially constructed. Race is not something that is determined biologically. Humans are humans weather they are of two different backgrounds or the same. "White" or "Black" are terms created by people in higher positions.
Victoria C. Plaut, a social and cultural psychologist, discusses in her article why it is necessary to use diversity science in order to properly address the ethnic and racial issues of our time. She also explains why color-blindness and multiculturalism are two ways to think about difference. Before reading this article, I defined color-blindness as a concept or word that we use as a deflection mechanism to avoid dealing with the problem. When it comes to race, I feel that society has decided that it is better if we do not notice if they are people of color or white, or if we do notice, that we do not talk about it.
According to The Social Construction of Race, A. There is typically little to no variation within a given race B. There is typically greater variation within a racial population than there is between racial populations* C. Race does not play a role in an individual’s life D. Race is entirely a function of skin color Citation: Lopez, Ian F. Haney. 1994. “The Social Construction of Race.” Page 53. According to Combahee River Collective’s A Black Feminist Statement, A. Black women have just recently become opposed to white male rule B. Race, class, and sex are three unrelated entities C.
In conclusion, the way that experts see race and how it had affected and change over the years has demonstrated that there is no empirical definition of race. There is no biological construct of race that has ever stood the test of time or science. Yet the concept is so imbued with social meaning that it remains, despite the lack of scientific evidence regarding this issue. Moreover, the social, cultural and political divisions that have arisen around the idea of race have also created more differences between social groups. Today, race is defined primarily as a matter of perception – how one perceives one self, and how one is perceived by others.
Race is not determined by biology. Instead, it is socially constructed. According to the notes, a social construct; created and maintained through cultural or social practice. A person who is considered African American or black in the United States could be considered white in other countries. How people perceive their racial identity can shift based on experiences, For example, multiracial and mixed-race community.
Race and ethnicity are two terms which are used interchangeably in every day conversation, however, there is a distinction between the two. Race is a categorization of people who have been singled out as inferior or superior, often on the basis of phenotype – observable physical characteristics such as skin color, hair texture, eye shape, or other selective attributes. Race is a social construct and has been known to change with historical and political events. Contrarily, ethnicity does not necessarily provide visual clues, instead, ethnicity is categorized on the basis of a shared common culture and includes elements such as language, norms, customs, religion, music, art, literature. Ethnic Groups are developed by their unique history
Humans of all races share about 99% of the same genetic material, but the classification of race is highly subjective. Most anthropologists can agree, however, that four major race classifications exist in the world which then are divided into subgroups, resulting in thousands of diverse ethnic groups. Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America, elaborates on what aspects make up race and expresses some issues that transracial adoption has had on society after World War II. Sandra Patton, the author and an adoptee herself, interviewed twenty-two adopted individuals, including some from same race families, to not only disclose their life histories but to also define what constructs racial identity and how popular media plays a
The socially constructed idea of race to which you subscribe—a biological myth—exists strictly to dehumanize select populations of people. Genetic markers denotating race cease to exist. Genetically, humans are among the most similar of all species. Over this past summer, you might recall my work in the biology department with fruit flies. Between any two fruit flies, you would find ten times greater difference between them than there exists a difference between yourself and the brown-skinned man at the grocery counter.
Race is nothing more than an idea, it is society’s way of diving people. There is not a gene in our body that classifies us as being part of specific race. It is not biological and it does not define traits such as intelligence, talent, or athletic abilities. Traits derive from different genes and are inherited separately. Acquiring one trait, such as skin color, does not insure you’ll inherit another one, such as nose shape, to classify you as being part of a specific race.
Race has always been an apparent issue from many years past. How we define “race” depends on where and when the word is being used at the time. In the history of the U.S., the meaning of the word “white” referring to a human race, has changed over time. Groups such as Italians, Germans and Jews are more often considered as “whites”. However, other groups, mainly African American, Latino, Indians, Asian groups, have never been considered as “whites” in our society.