“You’re Asian? You must be smart.”

It’s very annoying how many people say that i’m smart just because of my race, like if i were to tell someone that i was asian they would be all like, “ Oh, that’s why you’re so smart!”, Yeah i may be smart, but it’s not because I am Asian! Many people believe that people who are asians are smarter, but they are just the same as any others, just taught a little more or works a little harder than any other. Anyone, and i mean anyone, could be as smart as any asian person, not saying they are smart, they just try hard to learn, and anyone can do that. As a kid, I got taught by my parents and grandparents, because my grandpa from my mom’s side was a mathematician, so i ended up learning more in my childhood and can learn easier because i have been learning since i was very young, like 5 or 4. It is not cool to say you or someone else isn’t as smart as me just because i’m asian, everyone would learn different, race doesn’t matter that much, it may change where you are, but not who you are as a person, like if you wanted to be smart, learn! I chose to be smart and learn because I wanted to, and as i say this, i would say i didn’t learn as much in writing or language arts, so i don’t write as good, but i can change that. There are also handicaps to being asian, because people think asians are smarter, the government makes asians work harder than anyone else! An example of that is, asians can’t get a certain degree or can’t go to certain colleges because people say they are “Super smart” just because they learned more than others.

The myth of race: what making race caused

Race was never real; it was made up by a single person. It was made to categorize people, nothing else. As the American Anthropological Association (AAA), which is a group of very well educated anthropologists in the country say, “it has become clear that human populations are not unambiguous, clearly demarcated, biologically distinct groups. 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 there is greater variation within “racial” groups than between them. In neighboring populations there is much overlapping of genes and their phenotypic (physical) expressions. Throughout history whenever different groups have come into contact, they have interbred. The continued sharing of genetic materials has maintained all of humankind as a single species.” So people aren’t very different after all. In 1776 a german scientist named Johann Friedrich Blumenbach was one of the first to make different races, and came up with 5 different categories based on physical appearance and where the people lived. After that, white and european people bought into this subject and then said that race would resolve things, so Thomas jefferson said, “To these objections, which are political, may be added others, which are physical and moral. The first difference which strikes us is that of colour.” And so they divided up black people and white people so that white people could feel superior. Also, Huffington post says, “The concept of race in such research is “problematic at best and harmful at worst,” everyone is in the same race, which is human. We need to know this because race causes many bad things, like discrimination, and people should be able to live without it. Race was never real,
It was made by one person, and race couldn’t make anything better.


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