A.) Color, a factor that many people think describes race, actually has nothing to do with race. There is only one race and that is the human race, as described in lecture.
Socially race has varied, people with different histories have a very different understanding of race. Initially race was thought to be explained by the status of freedom a person had. For example, not only were Africans slaves but so were the Irish. The Irish were looked down upon by the English, who enslaved people of Irish decent. Currently, people falsely define race as the color a human being is. Unfortunately although Race does not exist, racism does. As it is said in the second activity, colorblindness will not end racism. I find this to be a very true statement considering how different race is defined now than it was back when racism was described by different status of freedom.
Biologically there is absolutely no evidence backing “different races”. We truly are one race, and that is human. If we look back in time we find that we are actually all descendants of Africa. Many people, including medical doctors, still use color to describe reasons for different diseases. One example of this is would be Sickle Cell Anemia. Many people consider this a “black” disease. Although this appears to be true, it is not because of the color of the people themselves. Sickle Cell Anemia occurs in people of color because of the environment their ancestors grew up in. People of tropical areas where there were a lot of mosquitos became more immune to malaria. The environment actually has everything to do with disease, while color has nothing to do with it.
B.) Ethnicity is a word used to describe human groups that have cultural differences between them. Ethnicity, not race, is what really affects your health. Ethnicity consists of many different lifestyle choices that can have a lasting affect on health. These lifestyle choices include whether or not someone may smoke, or the eating habits of certain groups of people. “Black, Hispanic, and Asian-Pacific immigrants have lower mortality rates and lower rates of chronic disease than their US-born counterparts, which most likely is due to better health habits,” according to Patricia Lockyear. People in the US face much greater threats of heart disease and lung cancer, two things that we can do much to prevent. Better diet and greater exercise can help to prevent heart disease. While, less tobacco use can help to prevent lung cancer.