“What race you?” You and i, as ignorant as this question may seem, have probably been asked that question more times than we can imagine. However it’s until recently that i’ve learned that is the wrong question to ask. According to John J. Macionis, race is “a socially constructed category of people who share biologically transmitted traits that members of a society consider important.” So one should ask, “what is your ethnicity?” since ethnicity refers to a shared cultural heritage (Macionis 340). It wasn’t until more than a century ago did scientists invent “race” to try to organize the world’s physical diversity into three racial types. Now the fact of the matter is that their are far more than just three “races” in this world. So by definition, these scientist have already failed to organize the world’s physical diversity, but sadly this caught on and is know part of our subconscious everyday lives.
The subconscious mind and habits/traits that arise from from said state of mind is a very interesting thing to study - from a sociological standpoint. These various habits/traits often have biases that are unbenounced to use until pointed out. One way to see these hidden biases is to take an implication association test as i have just done. Now, aside from the my results, one thing i found odd is that this test merely shows one 's prejudice towards a certain ethnicity and not the discrimination aspect due to one 's prejudice. How does knowing you have this hidden prejudice toward a certain ethnicity help reduce discrimination? Well that’s actually an easy question to answer. My professor, Larry stern, quoted Jeff Daniels (from The Newsroom) That “the first step to fixing a problem is recognizing there ...
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...rd and final topic; “racism is essentially a white problem.” To say that racism is a white problem is technically being prejudice against the white people, and isn’t that what we are all trying to stop? Racism cannot arise without prejudice. To think an ethnicity is different isn’t ok because we are all human beings - we may be physically different but mentally we are the same. In the inside we are the same. We all have the same blood running through our veins. We all have the same sweat that penetrates our skin . We all have the same tears that pour out of our eyes. So to then take it a step further and say they are inferior because of these different physical features is how this unequal treatment of mankind began. Until we stop seeing with our eyes but with our hearts we will never move on from this oroborus like past of social injustice we continue to travel.
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