When thinking about race and ethnicity, one must ponder the question “Is race a social construct?” Meaning is race an idea or notion that appears to be natural obvious to people who accept it, but may or may not represent reality. Do we create race? Or is race already constructed. When thinking about this topic I cannot help but think about Donald Trump who is running for President of the United States of America. Often times Trump has been accused of being a racist, or someone who discriminates against certain races or ethnicities. Trump was found saying many things about Muslims and Mexicans, which I think relates directly to what we are studying in this class. Many people think of Trump as a “white supremacist” or someone who believes white people are above all other races.
I think Donald Trump answers our question, yes race is something that is socially constructed by us the people. Donald Trump has brainwashed many young minds into thinking and believing that all Mexicans are lazy and therefore the reason he wants to build a wall to stop Mexicans from coming over the border. He is also going around saying that almost all Muslims are terrorists, which is something that is plain false. When going through the airport, who is more likely to be stopped by the TSA now? A young white man or a muslim man with a turbin wrapped around his head? I think the answer is obvious.
I remember growing up and thinking about the term “white.” What was white? Was I white as an Armenian-American? I remember no one wanted to be considered white as a kid, we would rather pride ourselves on something different or diverse, such as “Armenian” which was the case for me, but my friends were muslims, some Mexican. But what about Donald Trump? I think he is making the case to be a white supremacist which means as children we should have all been proud to be considered “white.” I think talking about Trump and reflecting on his statements about peaceful muslims (claiming they are all radical) are important to discuss. What do you guys think?