After looking at all the material and the videos posted for this week, it’s clear that we have many interpretations of what race is. In the PBS video, “Race the Power of Illusion” we learned many things about race and ethnicity. First of all, we aren’t as different as we seem at least genetically-speaking. We have similar DNA even if we are of different race. From a historical standpoint, African Americans have always been at a disadvantage due to inherent racism. People and society began to equate black skin with inferiority and they began to see black people as lower class, and uneducated. However, we say that we live in a post-racial society, that we have an African-American president, that were not as racist anymore. But that’s far from the truth. In fact, there has been an increase in gun related and police brutality towards African Americans. We keep saying “black lives matter” only because their lives don’t matter and we have to reassure and remind ourselves that their lives matter and that’s the way that we make it seem. All lives matter, but African American lives matter less according to society, which incredibly sad and racist. The video also talks about the debate about African Americans being more athletic. In my opinion, African Americans have been genetically predisposed to being strong, sturdy, and rather athletic due to the fact that many of them toiled under horrible conditions as slaves, doing laborious tasks. However, I think that many of these athletes are talented and they know how to use their build and athleticism to their advantage which is why so many African Americans are professional athletes and Olympians.
I think that it was important that we learned that there are very small differences between race and one’s DNA. Looking at someone we may not be able to narrow them down to one race. Many people have mixed ancestry or can look like a race that they aren’t a part of.