“I’m not just “that white chick”

I have been dishonored and have had racism directed towards me recently in my life, and all because I am a young white female. I have gotten sour looks, disrespectful words, and mean gestures thrown my way because of this. Although I have not experienced a lot of this behavior, I still feel it is something nobody should go through. About a month ago, two friends and I were out walking, and we got ridiculed by a man, all because we were white. He said “Look there’s five dollars right here on the floor! Girls, look!” when we didn’t look, because we were smart and knew he was probably some drunk molester or something, he continued yelling and said “You don’t care, you know why? It’s because you’re white! You rich spoiled white girls! Don’t have a care in the world!” He kept yelling, but it was inaudible to me. That was the first time I have experienced racism firsthand, and have only seen events since. Like, being spit on by someone my age when I was camping with my friends, and being scowled at when I was in Mazatlan for having the only white family at a resort. This is why we need to teach the actual backing of race. This is why we need to educate.

Race: Biological or Social?

Race is not real. Forget what you know, and listen closely, because you have been taught fiction, not fact. This is fact, because race has no biological backing whatsoever. Instead, it is a manmade concept, that was created to segregate people from one another.

According to the American Anthropological Association, gene variation between ¨races¨ is almost nothing.¨Evidence from the analysis of genetics (e.g., DNA) indicates that most physical variation, about 94%, lies within so-called racial groups. Conventional geographic “racial” groupings differ from one another only in about 6% of their genes.¨ This means that someone of Asian background and someone of Mexican background have more in common than two people of Asian background. They argue that ¨”race” as it is understood in the United States of America was a social mechanism invented during the 18th century to refer to those populations brought together in colonial America: the English and other European settlers, the conquered Indian peoples, and those peoples of Africa brought in to provide slave labor.¨ This means that race was created, not by nature, but by people who thought they were better than others. In the end, race is not a biological concept, but a social one, but, even if race is not real, that does not mean that the consequences aren’t. So, in conclusion, we should try to find ways to stop race, before it stops us.


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