A lot of people have a predisposition about race based on the way that they were raised. Socially, race is viewed by an association of a certain behavior with a skin color. In today’s society certain races are defined with a specific behavior that is associated with a behavior, economic status, and appearance. These predisposition towards certain people began back as far as the 1600’s, having origins dealing with the original racism, slavery. This type of slavery was primarily based on skin color, which is still a point of racism in today’s society. Of course this isn’t the same for every country and ethnicity. Different people view racism differently as far as who is inferior or superior to another race. Socially this is primarily based on your ethnicity and geographical location.
From a biological view point, racism is based on a division of sub-species. Every type of human belongs to the same species because they can create off spring and interbreed, but because of this there are sub species. Sub species in basic terms means that there is a greater number of differences between two sub species, then there is within a single sub species, and so race is formed because on these differences. Essentially there is no biological difference between humans based on race. “There is only one race, the human race”.
Ethnicity has a large influence on health. When we talk about ethnicity we mostly refer to our culture, customs and lifestyle choices, these play a large role in our health. Certain diseases are more commonly seen in certain ethnicities. This is not because them as a race has some sort of biological mutation that allows them to be more susceptible to the disease. The main reason certain ethnicities contract certain diseases or have similar health problems is because of the actions of their ancestors. This can be anything from a certain geographical location to a certain food that was commonly consumed. Many immigrants that came to America and other countries, settles in areas that exposed them to poverty, disease and low health. As Dr. Anthony Pryce states as a reason for poor health amongst an ethnicity” Like other waves of immigration, Irish migration too is aligned with poorer housing, poverty and poor health as well as discrimination and prejudice.Excluded groups tend to undertake more risky physical labour, low status and therefore higher levels of injury and occupational disease and ill health” (Pryce, Anthony).
Race is a very complex subject that has many different reasons for why it is still prevalent today. Health plays a role in race that is also complicated and often misperceived. Throughout time more and more of these misperceptions have been justified, but there is still a lot of controversy and reasonable discussion on the topics.