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Race: The Social Fiction
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A Fallacy Untamed
I keep hear people say the word race in conversation. It is so common in use that hardly anyone realizes that it is being misused. When referencing someone of different ethnicity, geographical origin or skin ton the word race is thrown out like it means something. This is a huge issue and I want to clear it up.
Race is something we all have in common, but not in the way it is commonly used. The context of the word is the Human Race. There is no European, African, Native American or Asian race. Those are subsets within the race of man, not races in and of themselves. There is also the dog race, the gorilla race, the deer race and the horse race. The fact is that homo-sapiens are not separated out into different races. That's it. That's all she wrote. No more divide. No more separation.
This confusion comes from social theories, not true science. If humans were separated out into different races then there could not be children from the marriage of a African man and a European woman or any other combination. Or perhaps there could be, but the resulting child could not have children itself (this is called sterility) like in the case of the crossing of a horse and a donkey.
As for skin tone and facial features, these mean almost nothing in the genetic scheme of things. In fact, someone from Asia could have more genetic structure in common with an individual in Africa. This is called genetic drift and accounts for the unique ways which we adapt to our environments. In reality, skin tone, body and facial structure have about as much meaning in the grand scheme of things as the wearing of Converse Allstars has to your great, great, great, great grandchildren. Absolutely nothing.
There is research that suggests that SOME groups have evolved a talent for one skill over another, but nothing as narrow as "black people are good at sports." That is yet another social fallacy. For now, the jury is out on where there is anything that makes one particular sub-group of humanity better than another. One thing that is for sure though, we have a common heritage and we all should have a common goal. A color blind world with peace as the center of its organization. I don't think peace can truly be had until governments stop enforcing this fiction of race. So what if your great, great granddaddy was a slave or killed by European settlers. That is the past. If we keep dwelling on it, we will relive it. After all, if those things were relevant then the Italians should be paying reparations to me for enslaving and killing my Germanic and British ancestors. The Swedish and Norwegian's should also join in since their ancestor, the Vikings, raped and pillaged much of Europe. So, it is time to focus on the future, not the past. So when ever I fill out any form for employment or for governmental things, I always either refuse to check the race and ethnicity box, or if I have to, I check all of them. Because I am the race of Human and there really isn't any other option.