As we have learned this week, there is way too much emphasis on the term, “race”. Race is just a word, we use it as a tactic to separate people who are different from ourselves, as well as to blame others for things. As we have seen recently in the news lately, there are so many people who are using the term race, as a way to group a large mass of people into one group, even though he or she may have completely different values. There is so much emphasis on the muslims relations to terrorism, when in reality, there are hundreds of thousands of Muslim men and women who have absolutely nothing to do with these vicious attacks shown constantly in the news.
As we engaged in the activity showing the ten facts about race, and we learned simple tactics relating to how we can stop using race as a way to separate people. The very first tip stated that many many years ago, there was so such thing as separating people by color, and this made up word known as “race”. Everyone was simply human, and that was that. Another trait mentioned that we have not been around long enough to be anything other than human beings, and that is how we should treat each and every human being. We are all humans, regardless of color, size, height, location, and background.
In my health psychology class last semester we learned a lot about the difference in health between different groups of people, and they often separated these groups by color, and again this made up term, “race” each section would discuss how African Americans were often more overweight than European Americans, and Asian Americans contained the smallest percent of body fat. I just found it interesting to add that, what is the point? I mean I understand it is a fact, but why do we need to know that African Americans have higher blood pressure? After reading many articles throughout my life, I think it is valid that many African Americans ( NOT all) live with more stress than some white Americans. There are often so many people who are so quick to judge other people simply because they look different and unfortunately this often happens with African American men and women. My Health Psychology textbook also stated that mostly African Americans lack health insurance, and therefore, often put off attending doctor visits until it is too late, or very late in the process of their illness. There are numerous numbers of reasons as to why this particular group of people tend to lack healthcare and that is because there are often jobs that follow the trends favoring white men and women, and therefore these men and women are forced to work at lower paying jobs that most definitely do not offer health care benefits.
As my post above mostly discussed African American men and women, I do not want people to think that I am stating that only African Americans are dealing with these issues, and I definitely do not want people to think I am stating that ALL African Americans are working low paid jobs or living in the conditions above, because I know that is NOT the case. I am simply just elaborating further on the information from previous information I have read.
Straub, Richard O. Health Psychology. New York City: Worth Publishers, 2014.