Before reading into the articles and listening to the lectures, I took a moment to try and decipher what I thought race would be in my own words. Unfortunately, I like most others, was left with grouping the idea of race into external characteristics. I was completely blown away with the information the readings gave me. Mistakingly I believed that race was an old established concept, not one that was barely over 500 years old. Needless to say, I was very interested in my survey responses once I began this activity.
Most people I asked thought I was some sort of anti police brutality protestor about to give them a speech. With all these horrific events happening in our society lately, I can’t say I blamed them. I even had some turn away entirely after the word “race” left my mouth. It is an extremely sad state of affairs as to how controversial of a trigger this word has become.
Although I was able to elicit a response from some more so helpful participants, their answers were more or less the same. This idea of race that has been passed down is all based on external characteristics and grouping similarities between people from a common area. Colonial America has only made it that much worse by creating this idea of white power and generating an idea of superiority over people from other parts of the world. Thankfully I did not receive any racist responses, but I have met enough discriminatory people to know they still exist. If more people were properly educated on the actual concept of race, maybe we all could realize how similar we, as a HUMAN race, truly are.