Race: Does It Really Make a Difference?

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The topic of race has always been sensitive for Americans, but why? In the realms of science and culture, it remains a disputed topic. As Evelyn Hammonds states, mentioning race in biological research has been labeled as "unnecessary," but it's evident that the notion of race remains "deeply embedded in morphology" (108-9). Racist attitudes universally exist toward minorities; these attitudes are reciprocated toward the majority (white) group in the U.S., whose "pure" population has recently dropped from 80% of the total population to 66% from 1980 to 2008 (U.S. Department of Education).

While in reality interracial relations contribute to the blurring of cultural and physical racial separations, the blurring of racist effects aren't evident in American society/research. For example, 72% of white youth continue on to post-secondary educations, while only 56% of African American and 62% of Hispanic youth do so (U.S. DoE). That this study centers on issues associated with difference, rather than celebrating the achievements of each, further shows our resistance to posthumanistic ideas highlighted in Fuss's article. In our opinion, do race divisions affect scientific research? What's a more positive approach for looking at differences? Why has the U.S. population of whites decreased in recent years?

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I believe the response to these questions is first and foremost that these differences, such as race, shouldn’t matter, but they do. People focus on race because it is one of the fastest ways to quickly judge people and compartmentalize them in our heads. As humans we are all involved in a huge paradigm which on one side being that as much as we want to celebrate difference, on the other side we are taught to fear the unknown and what is more unknown than difference? And the best thing we can do in order to not enforce these problems would be to start teaching children as young as possible that these differences don’t mean anything. They are the things that make us unique, and we should celebrate our individuality instead of falling into the pack mentality. We should also rejoice in the fact that the demographics of America are changing since this means the confrontation of these issues is at hand, and I believe that addressing these ideas of embracing difference will result in America developing into a better place for all. The best question is what will take the discriminatory factor if we take race away? Or if we flipped the racial discrimination? And what will happen once a white majority isn’t in power anymore?

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