Race Matters, If We Think So: Letting Go of Races
Bernard, the elf, in the movie, The Santa Clause, tells Tim Allen, “It is not seeing is believing; it’s believing is seeing.” And so it is with race. We see “races” in the world; because we make them “real” through “racial” symbols, classifications, laws…etc. We’ve convinced ourselves that humanity is separated, based on the color of one’s skin! And with this belief in separation, necessarily comes duality: we/they, good/bad, dominate/subordinate etc. Removing “races” in public discourse will not in and of itself quell people’s sense of separation. But given that race is a bedrock in the culture of dominance in the United States, eliminating “racial” classifications will foster unity among organizations, communities and nations. Examinations of various social/economic issues would then address the condition of everyone, rather than spinning off into divisive, distracting disputes over “racial” gaps. Consider, for example, how much more effective would have been Kanye West’s assessment of the response of the federal government to New Orleans after the hurricane Katrina catastrophe, had he said, President Bush does not care about American citizens, instead of what he did say: “President Bush does not care about black people.” And while the “three fifth clause” in the U. S. Constitution addressing “all other persons” is understood to mean only those persons who were enslaved at the time, the idea of humans as things/property was thereby embedded in the culture of the United States and has now spread throughout the world. This objectification/dehumanization of humanity is evident in the prevailing Orwellian environment of alienation and fear around the world. Therefore, to reunite humanity, we must, like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Joe Versus the Volcano, make a “leap of faith” by letting go of “races”.
Keywords: Humanity, Race, Racial Classifications, Dehumanization, Unity, Separation
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