We learned about race and ethnicity this week in lecture. After thinking long and hard about race, I have come to the conclusion that it is something that will never go away in today’s society and something we might never agree on. I would categorize race as more of a social construct. We observe the world through a racial lens whether it is white, black, Asian, Mexican or other. How we see others and how we are seen influences distinct aspects of our lives and the lives of others. From the people we meet, the places we live, the schools we attend, the jobs we have, etc. It as all influenced by at least one social arrangement, race. Biologically speaking, race has very little to do with biology. There are no genes that make Asians in the USA more vulnerable to heart attacks. Biological characteristics between humans emulate hereditary factors and communal surroundings.
Ethnicity is a case of belonging to a specific social organization or cultural tradition. It is based more on location and culture rather than skin color which has more to do with race. Race and ethnicity can be deeply subjective. How one grasps racisl identity can change with maturity and time as well. Whites are found in numerous countries over the world. A white person in the United States may share specific racial tendencies with a white person from Europe, they both have distinct ethnic backgrounds, one from the United States the other from Europe. Ethnicity is about lifestyle and behavior and similar to your genetics, it can have an affect on your health. According to E. Crimmins, the role of socioeconomic status is related to ethnicity and places a factor in terms of health. People who have different social status’s lead different lives in numerous aspects, such as upbringing conditions, living situations, school settings, life opportunities, marriage and career choices. Crimmins mentions studies that documented blacks lower socioeconomic status has a relation to poor health outcomes.
Congress achieved the Civil Rights Act of 1964 over 50 years ago and still now in 2016, the same disparity of racial diversity is taking place and in some eyes has developed even worse. I hope one day we can find peace and prosperity in this country in regards to race and stereotyping.
Crimmins, Eileen M. “Critical Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life.” (2004): n. Web. 8 July 2016.