Friday, February 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 99


 
 









 

Race takes away from individuality

John Moon

I was in my English class on Wednesday and we were discussing the fact that everyone should be equal. While this may not be revolutionary
thinking, a few other students and I came to a conclusion about the human race that just might be: What if we did away with the whole "different
races" concept? What if there were no more black, brown, yellow or white? What if these terms did not exist and more importantly, should they
exist?

Race has been used as a means to separate groups of people for centuries. It usually has little to do with a person's cultural background and
more to do with physical appearance. The term "black" may apply to a child conceived by a white man and a black woman, even though that
child has an equal claim to the white label. These labels of skin color serve only as a divisive tool to continue to separate people.

Society tries to neatly categorize people into increasingly smaller social groups for the purpose of order, but physical appearance has little to do
with social order. It's ridiculous to think that I automatically have something in common with people just because they're white. 

In truth, individuality comes from so much more than what kind of skin God may give a person. I don't think being white has shaped me into a
mold in which people of other "races" don't belong. 

If I do have differences with a person, I don't think they're caused by the fact that our colors clash.

So if we want to have a society where all men are created equal, then why have these archaic labels based on physical appearance? Should we
then judge people concerning where they fit in society based on the color of their hair? "I'm sure I'd have much more in common with a brunette
than I would a blonde." This doesn't just stop with judging others based on skin color; there are people judging themselves based on skin color.

How can you base identity on being a white man in America or a black man in America? Does that really define who you are as a person? If
something as superficial as the color of your skin defines your mindset and mentality, then I feel sorry for you.

I know the world is not open-minded, and there is still a massive amount of racism in America. I think that if you have been a victim of racism or
racial profiling, then that experience of being treated unfairly goes to make up who you are. 

Everyone has been treated unfairly for one reason or another. Usually when people are treated unfairly, it is based on something they have no
control over, like being of a certain skin color, being poor, being handicapped, being a certain age or being what some may see as the wrong
sex.

I think we should quit having black people and white people, and there should just be people. What color we are should only be a physical
attribute, right up there with hair color or physical stature. Until we adopt the mindset that race is divisive, it will continue to divide people based
on something as stupid as the pigmentation of their bodies.

Moon, a sophomore communication
major, can be reached at spoonbass@yahoo.com.


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