Edward Chomka
Warwick, RI

Color discrimination? Unfortunately, alive and well.

http://www.physanth.org/association/position-statements/biological-aspects-of-race/

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  • sqworl

    Dear Edward Chomka,

    I find it interesting that the majority of those who claim that “race” does not exist as a biological construct is outside of a racial category that has been or is historically discriminated against in the United States. However, let’s accept that premise and move *beyond* the idea that race is not a biologically determined fact. It does not negate the fact that race is a fact, and that it acts to separate one from another.

    The fact that I am discriminated against from the beginning because of the color of my skin, the fact that I am made to feel as though I have to question my qualifications every time I am admitted into an institution, and the fact that I have been taught since I was five years old to hate everything about myself that shows that I am a “person of color” from my hair to my skin color, proves that despite race not being a “biological” fact, it is a tangible fact that has real implications for minorities in America.

    • mike4ty4

      When you say “I find it interesting that the majority of those who claim that “race” does not exist as a biological construct is outside of a racial category that has been or is historically discriminated against in the United States.” are you saying those who _are_ members of such categories do _not_ claim that it does not exist biologically, or that they may actually think it _does_ exist biologically?

      As for the second paragraph, note he says “Color discrimination? Unfortunately, alive and well.” Also, isn’t the point of saying race does not exist biologically to
      further emphasize just how *wrong* it is for the society to
      “discriminate against people from the beginning because of the color of
      their skin”?