What is race? It is defined as descendants of a common ancestor; one of the distinct variations of the human species. As our society becomes more educated the debate on whether or not this is the true definition of race, or as today’s Sociologists see it, is race merely socially constructed. Race, as it applies across scientific lines, is determinate to represent the human species as a whole, therefore there is but one race…. Human.
The readings of “ House behind the Cedars” by Charles W. Chestnut, “Black like Me “ written by John Howard Griffin, and Life On The Color Line: The true Story of a white Boy Who Discovered He Was Black, By Gregory Howard William’s, ask the question of the determination of race. This question is still being asked from the early nineteen hundreds to the late fifty’s and up until the recent nineties. Many descendants of duel ethnicities are asking of question of “ who am I”. They are confused as to where they fit into the equation of the categorization of race.
We are still consumed with the notion that there is some possible generalization that can used to determine who belongs and who doesn’t, to a certain category of ethnicity. Throughout the process of natural selection, uninhibited love and the freedom of choice, we humans continue to cloud the reality for the concept of race.
Griffin is correct in his assumption that as long as we as a society allows the social construction of race to exist, we are condoning our children of future generations to hide from who they are if the story of human persecution under the guise of race continues. There are several indications for this happening as our world resources are depleted and the margins widen between the educated and the uneducated. As our population grow and only the privileges reap the benefit. Who will became the next group to be targeted with this criterion of ethnic destruction?
Finally, what a cruel joke of life to be conditioned to live in accordance with the laws of the...