Race = Racism. Can’t We All Just Be Humans?

I’ve never understood why society loves using color as an adjective to describe people. It seems so silly considering how there are over 6 billion people on the planet and we are all so different, skin tones included. One person’s “white” skin is rarely the same color as another person’s “white” skin, yet they are both called “white.”

Furthermore, I do not understand the need to break people up into groups of “color,” often times mistakenly (and incorrectly) called “race.” In reality, there is no scientific consensus of a list of human races, but society continually breaks people up by “race,” which in my opinion does nothing but further divide us. There would be no “white pride” or “black pride” if we stopped calling each other “white” or “black.”

To me, and many other open-minded, rational thinkers, there is only one race: The Human Race. Everything else simply doesn’t matter. Among humans, race has no taxonomic significance; all people belong to the same hominid subspecies, Homo sapiens sapiens.

Classifying humans based on skin color is the exact opposite of what Martin Luther King, Jr envisioned when he famously advocated for equality & civil rights. In his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King envisioned a color-blind society, where people would not be “judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King, Jr wasn't a black man. He was just a man.

This means King’s vision was for Barack Obama to be a President, not a “black President.” For Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith to simply be coaches to make it to the Super Bowl, not “black coaches” to make it to the Super Bowl. For people to colloquially speak of a “woman” they met, not of a “white woman” they met. The examples are endless yet far too many people fail to realize that they are part of the problem when they use color to describe each other.

It also amazes me when people try to be “politically correct” by substituting “African-American” for “black.” Those people might as well join the circus, since it appears they have a magical talent to determine one’s ancestry simply by looking at them. In other words, it is laughably impossible to think that you can simply call someone “African-American” because they have dark skin. People with dark skin are found all over the globe, yet society has deemed it acceptable to lump them all into a single category of those whose family roots are from Africa. Furthermore, plenty of Africans have light skin, which blows the entire “African-American” thing out of the water.

South Africa's Ernie Els certainly doesn't look like your typical African.

Society confusingly interchanges race, ethnicity, & nationality, making it nearly impossible to educate people on the true meanings of these words. The US Census Bureau is one of the worst offenders, as you can see from the photo below, taken from the 2010 Census.

The US Census Bureau asks what race a person belongs to, and then gives them a list of Nationalities to choose from!

Last I checked, Chinese people are from China. Japanese people are from Japan. Koreans are from Korea. The Vietnamese are from Vietnam.  Native Hawaiians are from Hawaii.

Where are white people from? Where are black people from?

Nationality does not equal race.

Do yourself and society a favor and eliminate race and color from your vocabulary. Make a conscious effort not to call someone white or black. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to eliminate this kind of thinking from your mind, and once you do you’ll be amazed at how many others use color to describe their fellow humans. We can’t end racism until we stop talking about race.

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8 Responses to Race = Racism. Can’t We All Just Be Humans?

  1. esther says:

    Great article (again), Nick. As you know, I was brought up in a different time, so this may be a little tough, but I AM going to make a conscious effort to remove color/ethnicity from my speech. You’re right, we are all part of the “human race” and, as such, I’m pretty sure that once we “cross over” to the other side, we’ll have absolutely no need for adjectives such as black, white, Italian, etc. Just a little extra something to think about.

    Like

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