I was talking to a friend the other day and the subject of race and ethnicity came up. She explained that ethnicity is where you’re from and you’re culture and race is more based on your skin tone. She’s from
Somalia and she said her ethnicity is Arabic but her race is black. I found that interesting but disturbing. Disturbing because of what our society has come to and at this day and age. To consider one’s skin tone and to categorize them is pathetic. We should all be treated equally and a persons skin tone or where their from should not come into judgment but should be looked at as a new thing to come upon and experience. According to the Wikipedia: The term Race serves to distinguish between populations or groups of people based on different sets of characteristics which are commonly determined through social conventions. The most widely used human racial categories are based on visible traits (especially skin color, facial features and hair texture), and self-identification. And Ethnicity is defined as: An ethnic group or ethnicity is a population of human beings whose members identify with each other, usually on the basis of a presumed common genealogy or ancestry (Smith 1987). Ethnic groups are also often united by common cultural, behavioral, linguistic, ritualistic, or religious traits. When you apply for a job, where a person came from or the skin tone of ones skin should be excluded from judging if one is capable to work and have the job. Nothing should matter other then what they can do, what they can bring to the job and the qualifications needed for the job is met. But yet there are still many ignorant people who sit high and mighty in their little office who still don’t understand that things have changed and they don’t live in their own little world. Same goes for everyone else in society, not just in the business world. In environments where the majority is one race is a major problem also. They don’t easily except strangers and especially strangers of another race. A problem people should look into closer. There should be more groups and programs to do where a mix of different people and different races is always included. Race and ethnicity were created by society and still is a problem. A problem because race and ethnicity is not just there to have the knowledge of a persons background but to categorize and to class. It serves no positive purpose and mostly used negatively. One would think that since we have come so far…that
America the great would see past a person’s skin color or a person’s ethnicity yet sadly we are still battling the issue. We have come so far getting rid of slavery and having equal rights and women’s right to vote…but this is issue is a bit more complex because it’s more emotional and psychological. Though the law protects the people and we are to be treated equally, it’s the people’s minds that won’t change and what’s causing this problem to still go on. We need a different outlook on life and people; we need to be color blind!