Recently in the news, the topic of race and racism has popped it’s head once again. Let’s first be clear, Race is the classification of a species with similar physical characteristics. We as humans are one race that belong to the same group. Now there are other species that are similar to humans; the obvious being Apes. There is a one percent difference between us and our Ape friends, which is fairly close. Racism is the prejudice against a race that is different than your own, more often seen as ones’ superiority over another race. So let me get this straight, Humans are racist against chickens. No, humans are racist against cows, but that doesn’t make sense either. So how can two people from the same species be seen as racist against another. Well, that’s where social relationships come into place. A human is not capable of being racist being that we belong to the same race. But man has figured out a way to get the same species to feel that one group within the same species is better or the lesser in comparison to the other. How does manage to happen? If we evolved together how do you convince people that race is different? Well, from the out of Africa theory that stated we evolved in present day Ethiopia, and later ventured out into the world. Given that we didn’t have internet to connect us, as time went on, and we evolved, we eventually met up with our long lost ancestors. But there were no records of the out of Africa theory, they just ventured out. So with that said, there’s no wonder why groups of people clashed and fought with each other. Eventually conquering lands and forcing each other in slavery and other forms of subjugation and persecution.
As far as America is concerned, we have a color construct that exist in our nation. This color line has been in this country going back a few centuries. It didn’t start with the Native Americans, but with the Trans Atlantic Slave trade. There had to be e method to keep people from blending together because had this had happened, the slave owners would be wiped from existence. How, well for example, Black and White gives way to a more Black looking child. When that child is with Black, then the is still related to the White relative by blood, yet the stand a chance of being full Black. Now those words pop up again; Black and White. What is Black and White? Is it a color or more so is it an idea of some sort? Because yes, skin color can be classified as White of Black, but the idea of Black or White in America or the Americas is a social construct. For example, a man from France and a woman from Italy are actually interracial because they belong to two separate groups within the race that is human. But in America, they are seen as a White man and a White woman. How and why does this happen is a topic of discussion. From my understanding this is done so as to make people think they are different for self preservation reasons. Ethnically, America is extremely diverse, but color boundaries make creates fewer groups in the country. This is where you get the fight between Blacks and Whites.
Black people for the most part, due to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade are unable to trace their ancestry. So anyone who bares our resemblance typically falls under that category. Germans, Polish, Dutch, Irish Italians, Sicilians, Spaniards, English, Portuguese, Swiss, etc. fall under White. Now Asians are different than Europeans, but Russians who are Asians, fall under White in America. Africans new to America fall under Black, and anyone East of Russia and the Middle East are considered East Asian. Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Tai, Vietnamese, Cambodian, etc. belong to the East Asian community. Now Latinos are interesting because Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Chileans, Argentines, and Brazilians all are under this category. But some of these people look more African so they fall under Black in the Americas and those that bare the resemblance of Europeans fall under White. So a Cuban that looks European is White in the United States and a Cuban that looks African is Black in the United States. Now both of them are from the same country, but become different as they come to the U.S.A. And why is this you say, once again self preservation.
But not also self preservation, but also as a way to designate your enemy. We place a color label so we can keep almost like a tab on groups of people we perceive to be different that ourselves. What ruins this whole plan is Latin America in the United States. Because a Dominican can be considered Black in America or White in America, but are of Mixed ancestry. You see how confusing it all is to someone who is from America, so understandably it will be to a foreigner. Another wrench throw into the game is religion. The United States has become so enthralled with labeling by way of skin color, we try to capture this same judgement with religion and it can fall short. This is why the fight against radicals using Islam to push their cause can be tough. Religion is a belief, with less than 1/3 of Muslim from Saudi Arabia and over 1 billion worldwide it’s nearly impossible to label. In the U.S.A., color constructing allows for you to go, this group is to blame for this and that group is to blame for that; how can you do this with religion. For example, Islam states that if life is threatened and death is imminent, act as your enemies to stay alive. How do you label a group that can easily blend into society if worst comes to worst. I’ll tell you how we come up with labels because we do it through Black and White. We use Black and White to categorize so much that we try to implement it via religion and it falls short.
The confusion of not being able to label puts some groups at what they consider a disadvantage. If we can not say what’s Black or White or Brown, how can one continue to oppress or place blame on another. Well Black and White are slowly moving away from color to an overall idea. Black is perceived as the lesser and White is seen as more in charge. With these color constructs slowly fading, eliminating into nonexistence, man must now choose a new paradigm. The new paradigm socially is class to place people in groups. Black and White will still be the idea for what’s rich and poor, good or bad, but social class will make it so that a poor White person (skin color) is Black (socially) and a rich Black person (skin) is White (socially). The confusion will forever exist as long as man continues to find ways to control the masses by making us feel we are more different than we are similar.