Sunday, March 18, 2012

It Is Well Known that Race Affects our Identity...

Race is a classification system used to categorize humans into large groups based on physical appearance, ethnicity and geographic ancestry. It is know that it affects our identity but how big part in becoming who we are does race actually play?

To begin with, as sociological factor it may in part reflect subjective attributions, self-identities and social construction. Furthermore it is often used to achieve social categorizations. Throughout history Caucasians have been the leading race. This sense of superiority has caused racism which has led to many tragedies like slavery and genocide. More than ten millions of black people have been shipped to America as slaves. This has greatly affected their culture and although now they are supposed to be equal with others, youngsters are still thought to commemorate all these people who have been used as slaves. This is a big part of their bringing up and it therefore affects their identity. Of course Afro-Americans are not the only ones whose identity has been compromised because of their race. It is similar with native people of both Americas and Australia and many others. What are we, Europeans, thought to be encounter of two different worlds and beginning of a new, better era for Indians, it is seen by Indians as the end of a world they knew.

Although by the law we all have the same rights no matter the race, religious and political view, these rights are not often respected when it comes to people who are not white. In this sense it affects our environment and therefore our identity.

Imagine all the people living life in peace 

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