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“Race” as a Category, Why We Don’t Need It!

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 08:27 AM
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Lets be honest, does it really matter what race you are? I mean does it really matter where you come from? The color of your skin, the culture and value you carry. Unless you are oppressing one race to feel good about yourself, Why should race matter. The fact is, It shouldn’t matter as long as you are honest and is respectful to others. I’m sure that some of us have experienced this to some extent: When you make a friend who is from a different race, do you still classify him or her as black, white, tall or short, Fat or skinny, someone with long hair or short, Or someone with no legs on a wheel chair, Old or young? No! You don’t, although you might think of these every now and than, you don’t constantly think about these things. If someone constantly thinks about them, for me it means that there is something I dislike about it, and in either case I would probably end the relation anyway.

It is for this exact reason that I don’t believe that race should not play a huge role, if any, in our society. When the Government Census is surveying Americans, although this is not the intention of the survey, its definitely not doing me the favor of having to categorizing me “race”. Many assumption and problems can arise from categorizing society by race, such as stereotyping, obstacles to job qualification and disruptions of peace in society.

I realize the need for differentiation and diversity; after all it is what makes each and one us very unique and fascinating. However, I’m not suggesting that we should all fall for the “melting pot” ideology either, But simply to have an open mind and see our selves as an American, and not categorize each other for any reason.

For instance, if something is forgotten we wouldn’t think about it right! Discrimination works somewhat the same way; if the issue of race is constantly being raised as factor to everything we do in society, then people will instinctually differentiate or learn to discriminate against one...


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