The topic of race can be a taboo subject. But should this subject be in existence at all?
Disclaimer: This post is mainly about the term “race” and looking further into the meaning behind it.
We always have to declare our race. If it’s for a passport, job, medically and so on. It’s become engrained in our mentality and everyday life. But should this be the norm? Or are we being caught up in society’s categories?
What’s the importance and significance of knowing a person’s “race”? Is there even such a thing? Or has it been man-made to brainwash mankind, to keep different races separate from one another?
I think it’d be very hard to imagine a world without racism, if the subject of race is still around. It’s almost impossible to categorise people based on their skin colour, and expect racism to end.
What do we gain from the knowledge of someone’s race? Or from seeing someone tick a box? The bad outweighs the good.
The only single reason I can see where race could be an important factor, is medically. As people from certain backgrounds, are at a higher risk of certain diseases than others. I can’t fathom why you should state it for job applications and so on. It’s only so they can judge you, based solely on your complexion. How is that fair and not racism?
Even medically, it can halt your medical treatment. I’ve had one doctor say, “the sun won’t affect me as my tanned complexion is a natural barrier. So I shouldn’t need high SPF if at all”. I’ve had others say, “my skin complexion is more on the fair side, so I should use the highest SPF as I freckle and burn. In this case, how has stating your “ethnic background” helped your medical treatment? If anything, it bases merely on who’s treating you and their opinion on “race”.
Darker skinned people die from skin cancer too. The numbers may not be as high as lighter skinned people, but there are still deaths. Do you just eliminate minority groups then, because they aren’t on your radar as much?
I was speaking to someone and they said, “If I have a choice, I don’t disclose my race. It’s just a reason for them to treat me differently. What is race?”.
Even on the UK government’s website, and I’m sure it’s pretty similar in other parts of the world, this is an example of a page you must fill out.
Now, why in Category A, are “White” people given the options to be English/Welsh/Scottish/Irish/Gypsy and in Category D “Black” people only have the option to be from either, Africa or the Caribbean. They’ve completely disregarded any right of you being from England, or elsewhere in the world. You must be from either or those two. Even if you look at the rest of the categories in further detail, notice category A. “White” people are the only category of people that’ve originated from here, as they use the word English relating to their nationality. The rest of the “ethnic groups” state British, meaning you haven’t originated from England, you just live here. Like some sort of misplaced object. It’s out the question that you’re from England. Basically to the government, it’s impossible. You must be absurd. Only “White” people originated from England.
Even when you look at historic photos and books, they always paint a mental picture like there were only “White” people in this country, all of those years ago. That’s what they teach in schools, and frankly, that’s what they want you to believe for the rest of your life. So generations after you, have the same brainwashed, tunnel vision mindset.
Look at Cheddar Man. This Mesolithic skeleton found in Somerset, England in 1903. He lived around 10,000 years ago and is the oldest almost complete skeleton of our species, Homo sapiens, ever found in Britain. He had darker skin and blue eyes all of those years ago, so why does society keep trying to force a severely narrow-minded mindset upon us?
The reason is crystal clear. Society from a very young age, wants to indoctrinate our frame of mind. Knowing they’re most malleable from young, they demand our way of thinking to be the opposite of its natural disposition. From a very early age, they show us images as we don’t understand much else, which seem very menial, but in reality these are seeds that have been planted, ready to grow as your education progresses at a later date.
Society wants us knowledgeable, but not too enlightened or else it puts the structure of the world as we know it, in immense danger.
Today, people are looking for change, and have been for centuries. But what will be the driving force? And how can change happen if the one momumental factor dividing humanity is still largely upon us? Race.
What do you think? Do you think race is significant in life? Should it be? What is race? Have you witnessed differences, based on race? How comfortable do you feel stating your race? How do you think racism will be abolished? When do you think it’ll happen? Comment below!