After watching â€śRace: the Power of Illusionâ€? and reading â€śMaking Societiesâ€? by Roy, I found myself kind of mad. How could our society just â€śmake upâ€? race, the topic that has made prejudices and inequalities for centuries? The movie and book just kept saying how race isnâ€™t a tangible thing; it is an illusion, something society just made up to show the differences in people. But what I donâ€™t understand is why would society do that? Yes, I can see centuries ago why they did it because back then they were just trying to find answers to things and they thought just because certain people looked the same meant that they should be put in a separate group. And then later society came up with the idea that because the people in each â€śraceâ€? looked the same meant that the color of their skin and the shape of their eyes or face had to do with biology and genetics. However, now with more recent research it was shown that there arenâ€™t any genetic markers that define race. So why if so called â€śracesâ€? donâ€™t differ at all genetically, meaning all humans are basically the same, why does our society continue to separate our country based on race? Especially because of all the prejudices and inequalities race has caused why wouldnâ€™t our â€śunitedâ€? country want to actually be united?
What I also found ironic was that in the movie it talked about human civilization starting in Africa. It talked about how humans started in Africa and then migrated around the world causing mutations in genes, which led people to begin to look different. What I found funny about that was the fact that there are so many people who are racist against African Americans, but the truth is if those very racist people could go back in history, thousands of years, they would most likely find out that they have ancestors who were black. So technically they would be hypocrites.
Overall, what baffles me is the fact that Roy and the educated people in the movie know all of these facts about race; how it is imaginary and has nothing to do with biology and is putting the facts out there to the world through books and movies and still nothing changes. So many people say they want to see a change in the world, well when is it going to happen? I think our society needs to start really listening and realizing what harm these racial groupings are doing to our society and think about what is best for nation as a whole. Our country is suppose to be known for excepting differences and treating all as equals, but what I have come to realize more and more is that our country does the exact opposite.