The concept of 'race' was created some 500 years ago by Europeans as 'legitimate justification' for slavery of Africans and the domination of indigenous populations in colonial lands - In the early years, 'race' was modelled along the lines of the 'closeness' to God, with, ofcourse, white men being on top of the heirarchial order, followed by various other 'races' to fit into agendas of the time.
I've put the word 'race' in quotations because there is no such thing as 'race' - It is a social construct based on arbitary physical differences (mainly skin colour) - There is no scientific basis behind such a conception. If you cut us all open, we all bleed red blood (infact, it makes more sense scientifically to seperate humans based on different blood types; A-, A+, B-, B+, O- etc etc - But ofcourse we know that is stupid, and as blood types cut across different 'races' (or arbitary physical differences) it is not convienient for us to do so. Another way to point out the fallacy of 'race' is the case where many North American Indigenous peoples born in the early 20th century ended up with a different 'race' on their death certificate than they had on their birth certificate. How can one spontaneously change race? Maybe because its a social construct in the first place.
Now - Having said that it is a social construct, we can not ignore the fact that 'race' has had a very real affect on social relations. 500 years of conditioning has created cultures where we believe these inherent differences are based on some kind of fact. You also have to look at the fact that in many cases, different 'races' have ended up indentifying themselves through the stereotypes and assertions placed on them by 500 years of social conditioning.
It's quite rich that 'white' people are now complaining about other 'races' using the race card - Europeans created the environment and social conditioning that created race (and directly benefited for over 450 years) - Now that we are in an era when racist discrimination is no longer tolerated (by in large), we have found other 'races' taking advantage of a 500 year old social construct. Ideally I would love to see an environment where 'race' is completely irrelevant; unfortunately we are not there yet, but in the mean time you can not be suprised when a 'racial' group starts taking advantage of a social construct that was first created to demean, enslave and undermine their very existance.
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