There is no such thing as race, not only we want to create a world with equality but also in the scientific level. “Race is not real!!!” The video I used to write this blog is made by ‘DNews Plus’, which is built for enthusiastic science fans seeking out comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. In my opinion, science is the most accurate way to proof any argument. Thus I choose this video, it shows that race is not exist through science. “Race is just a various part of our planet.” But we are not considering it that way cause it is a structural foundation of social power and many people are incorrectly thinking race is biological. Host Trace Dominguez brought up a really interesting point about race “ When we think about race, we think variety of different things. And you going to think different things depending on what country you living and what cultural you may have grown up…” why is so important to think about the background when we talk about race? Cause race is a social construction build up on the cultural that we are surrounding. Racism is not a very popular topic in China, cause people there are nearly same kind. But in America there is a very specific context for race, much of racial discussions are black versus white. It connected with America history such like civil war and legacy of slavery. Race is a social contraction we build around ourselves, that is part of human nature. We want to see our subspecies is prior than others.
In biology there is a concept of genetically different subspecies, which a lot people confused with human races. In our eyes, we see different patterns and shapes that is how our brain works. And that extends to categorizing human into different groups. But there is no genetic basis for race; even genes may make us look differently. “Skin color alone as many different genes working together” we often confused it with human races. And not only for human, race exists for animals as well. Bill Nye said, “There is no such thing as a purebred dog” which I totally agreed. If we put whatever two dogs together, they will end up give us some kind of dog. “Purebred” dogs may more look like their parents, but it doesn’t mean they are actually purebred. Since there just genes play around with looks. We created difference around us by use those different looks. “Social construct is a category, perception or idea created and developed by society and then applied to individuals or groups.” Race is social constructed, in other words we created race.
“Ethnicity is very real, ethnicity is a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition…if you have different races they are really different ethnicities” he end up use word “ethnicity” instead “race”. Cause he thought ethnicity is not about skin color, face shape or intelligence but shared experiences. We are Homo sapiens but we all have different cultural experiences. Thus “ethnicity” is a more accurate word to use when we talk about race. Based on my experience of this week and how we talk about social construction; I start to think about if ethnicity is social constructed as well.
Dominguez, Trace. “Science Says: There Is No Such Thing As Race!”YouTube.
YouTube, 18 June 2015. Web. 02 July 2016.