In society it’s always been common for individuals to group others into multiple categories. This is a problem because it creates prejudice, discrimination, and racism. It’s easy to categorize people based on looks, but it leads to false assumptions and mistreatment of people that have darker skin tone or black features. Everyone has different skin, hair, and body types, but humans are more similar to each other than any other species on the planet. “1 out of every 1000 nucleotides is different from one individual to another.” It is scientifically proven that there aren’t any internal differences between races and this is shown in the video “Race: The Power Of An Illusion.” In this video it was stated, “There are no genetic markers that are in everybody of a particular race.” It’s human nature to make judgments about others based on appearance, but this does not mean they are any more different from each other than people from the same race. “Race: The Power of An Illusion” was a very interesting video because it covered the idea of how race is nothing more than a social construct (Video 2.1, Race: The Power of an Illusion). It’s become a common misconception in society to assume that things such as gender and race determine the way people behave and act. It’s important for people to understand that these ideas are nothing more than social constructs used to oppress marginalized groups.
Ever since the western world colonized other parts of the world the people with darker skin tones and darker features were always treated worse, because these civilizations had not progressed as quickly. Since this time those with darker skin have been stigmatized and viewed as more “apeish” humans. This dehumanization is still something that sticks with black people and people of color even to this day. Smith addresses this issue and discusses how it still pertains to modern day society and how these negative associations propel racism and brutality even to this day. Smith stated, “Symbolically, black horizons of death emerge from the cognitive dissociation between blackness and humanity” (385 Smith). All of these negative associations end up causing stereotypes for minorities, which only ends up endangering them even more. It’s more common to see a larger Hispanic population living in lower socioeconomic communities; because of this people tend to associate Hispanics with being poor. This form of prejudice impacts Hispanics because they end up internalizing the stereotypes so they in turn become stereotype threats to them. These stereotype threats ends up hurting the confidence of people that are Hispanic, because they themselves begin to believe that they are at a disadvantage. The same can be said for African Americans that live in dangerous communities. Since there may be more violence in lower socioeconomic communities and there tend to be a high percentage of African Americans in these communities, it’s easy for people to generalize and assume that African Americans tend to be more dangerous. People so often overlook the history of the history of the United States and ignore the fact that colonization was a huge factor as to why minorities are still suffering and disadvantaged to this day. Christen Smith made it clear that injustices are still incredibly common in the United States today. It’s clear that race is something that is assumed to be biological, but in reality it is only a social construct. It is important to address the issues of racism, because minorities and disadvantaged groups are still suffering and being treated unfairly even to this day. People need to become aware of the fact skin color does not make one individual different from another. It’s unfortunate that we’ve divided people based on their skin color and features, because these external differences play no factor on what people are like.
Is it problematic to say race isn’t a real thing when racism is still an issue that endangers many lives around the world?
Is it possible for racism to truly come to an end or is it already too deeply engraved in society?