Examples Of Social Construction Of Race

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Introduction

Race is a socially constructed concept that has been used to create and justify inequalities throughout history. The idea of race has been used to create hierarchies, determine social status, and justify discriminatory practices against people who were perceived as being different. The construction of race has been based on a number of factors, including physical appearance, culture, and ancestry. In this essay, I will explore how race has been defined and acted upon historically, using examples such as the thirty-meter telescope in Hawaii, racial segregation in Levittown, the Ozawa Supreme Court case, and the Thind Supreme Court case. I will also discuss how biology has been used in the past to falsely create definitions of race …show more content…

In the United States, race has been defined primarily by physical appearance, with people being categorized as black, white, or some other race based on their skin color. However, race has also been defined by ancestry, culture, and geography. For example, people from Japan, China, and Korea have historically been categorized as Asian, while people from India and Pakistan have been categorized as South Asian.

Race has been used to create hierarchies based on perceived differences in intelligence, culture, and behavior. White people have historically been seen as the most intelligent and cultured, while people of color have been seen as inferior. This has been used to justify discriminatory practices against people of color, such as slavery, segregation, and exclusion from certain professions and opportunities.

Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii

The construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii has been met with resistance from Native Hawaiian activists who argue that the construction of the telescope would desecrate a sacred site on Mauna Kea, one of the most sacred mountains in Hawaiian culture. The resistance against the telescope has been led by the group Mauna Kea Protectors, who argue that the construction of the telescope is a continuation of the colonial history of Hawaii, in which the rights and culture of Native Hawaiians were ignored and …show more content…

The TMT is a proposed astronomical observatory that would be built on Mauna Kea, a sacred site for Native Hawaiians.

Native Hawaiians have protested the construction of the TMT, arguing that it would desecrate a sacred site and threaten the environment. They have also argued that the construction of the TMT is a continuation of the historical and ongoing colonization of Hawaii, in which the land and resources of Native Hawaiians have been appropriated for the benefit of others.

The resistance against the TMT reflects the ongoing struggle of indigenous peoples around the world to protect their land, culture, and way of life from the destructive impacts of colonialism and globalization. The struggle of Native Hawaiians is a reminder that the false construction of race has been used to justify environmental and cultural injustices, and that these injustices continue to be perpetuated today.

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