The website, “Race-The Power of an Illusion,” gives a good argument over the idea that race is not biological. However, I disagree with many factors within the article.
The website states that, “Classification is cultural, not scientific.” It goes on to say that there is not one single gene, trait, or characteristic that distinguishes all the members of one race from all the members of another. I believe that this is not true. The gene that determines the race of a human may not be found yet. Just as the genes that cause many diseases has not been found, scientist know a gene exist but can not pin point it. True, there may be a significant amount of overlap between groups of people; this is due to mixing of the races. Like a flower that has been repollenated over and over and finally develops a subspecies.
Some of the reasons society has for defining these groups of people may be for discrimination purposes only. However, if we could scientifically determine what the difference between African, Hispanic, Native, White, Asian or other races where, then maybe we could understand why a Native American has the highest rate of diabetes and be able to treat it better.
When asked to sort people by looking at them alone, I could not. I think this proves that race is deeper than skin deep, it is genetic. Race is the genetic makeup of people. It is what makes the black premature little girl live when the white premature baby boy dies.
The article says that the search for racial differences has been fueled by preconceived notions of inferiority and superiority. Science was introduced to the concept of race in the late 18th century to validate existing racial ideas and to prove a natural hierarch of groups. In laments terms, science was introduced to race so white people could justify cruelty and slavery among diverse people. I think it is true that a natural hierarchy of groups have been proven, just not the one society intended on.
Scientist and doctors both know that an African baby girl born premature has the highest survival rate and less likely to develop disease. A black little girl has the strongest will to live above all human races. Even the smallest baby ever to live, Amillia Taylor born in October 2006, weighing less than 10 ounces and shorter than a ball point pin, was an African American. With this being said, why is it that a black women is the least likely to succeed in society when she has already proven her status of hierarchy?
The author of the article goes on to say that there is no subspecies of the Homo sapiens and that we evolved from apes. If this were true, then why are humans even considered a species rather than a subspecies from evolution?
Furthermore, God created man in his own image. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26).
This disproves the theory of evolution.
Racism and discrimination is primarily due to the lack of interaction between whites and other races. Just the same, discrimination and stereotypes also exist within one’s own race due to the area we live in and our social class. For example, the diversity between the blue collar worker and the white collar worker. It is much harder to eat from a wooden spoon while getting splinters rather than a silver spoon.
Who is actually at blame for racism and discrimination? People of minority complain of inner-city living conditions, but make no effort in finding away out. Mexicans, Hispanics, Latinos all live in their own communities because they are comfortable with people like them. The same goes for whites.
As far as opportunities goes, they are out there. Education grants exist and financial assistance. A lot of the times a minority person has more advantages over the white working man just because they are minority. For example, an unqualified black man may get a job over the qualified white man due to Affirmative Action. Or a person of certain minority may have access to certain scholarships or grants for college, while the white woman works two jobs just to pay for college and still may not be able to finish her education due to lack of funds.
I recognize the fact that racism, discrimination and stereotyping does exist. I myself am even at fault though I strive not to promote these acts. However until society reforms it will always exist. All of society is in need of reform. We are all at blame not just the white people.
It is funny how we will read the instruction manual to make sure our new appliance works right but we do not read our own instruction manual to make sure we work right. God provided us with our instruction manual to life and no where’s in it does it say to love thy neighbor provided he looks the same as me.