Why is race on the U.S. Census?
Glen Robinson makes a great point here. If every color were a race, then we would get a new race every time someone bred with some of another skin tone. There is only one race: The Human Race.
This is a must listen to conversation on the origins of race with Christopher Lydon, American media personality and author, and Neil Irvin Painter at Open Source. That’s http://www.radioopensource.org. Neil Irvin Painter is the author of “The History of White People.”
How do we address social inequalities without race? We find some guidance in the last two minutes of this conversation when Christopher Lydon asks for some guidance.
“Well I think one thing we have to keep our eyes on is the injuries of class when class means poor, because there are so many injuries be they psychological or economic or physical.” says Painter. “We discover obesity is linked to income and wealth,” Painter adds. “And we discover that poor health has to do with where you live,” Painter says.
“Part of the DNA stuff was trying to trace down the genetic roots of illness and turns out that the class roots of illness are much more important; be they asthma or heart disease. So I would like us to pay much more attention to the class basis of discrimination or ill health or cutting off line of opportunity” Painter answers.
I recommend a through listening of this conversation with Neil Irvin Painter and Christopher Lydon at Open Source. That’s www.radioopensource.org.
“Edward James Olmos, on his authority as Admiral of the Battlestar Galactica, tells the assembled crowd at the United Nations there is no race but the human race. So say we all!”
I appreciate the enthusiasm of Mr. Olmos, but race is no race’s fault. The problem is that our visual senses are limited and can sometimes hide the truth. There is nothing about so called “racial characteristics”, such as skin tones, hair texture, etc… that indicates anything about the character, disposition, or intellectual capacity of the person observed. The concept of race, assuming the most benign reasoning, was a mistake of the intellect and senses.
Race is a socio-political construct kept alive by media and politics. Race is not an inherent human quality. The American Anthropological Association has issued a statement denying any scientific definition of the race. The U.S. government considers race self reported data. In the U.S. people define themselves as a racial category on the U.S. Census: black or white, Asian or Pacific Islander, etc. The U.S. Federal Office of Budget and Management defines the categories of race. The Federal Office of Budget and Management and the American Anthropological Association both state that race is a socio-political construct.
There is no race. It is time to align the political sciences with science. People made a mistake. The Earth is not flat either. Changing our thinking around that was a difficult adjustment to make too, but we made it. Correcting the illusion of race has its challenges as well, but they must be overcome; because the results of this particular mistake have been disastrous. The illusion of race is divisive, creating a mentality of isolation and scarcity. This mentality generates fear. That fear obscures solutions. The major issued plaguing our planet – economic upheaval, environmental degrading, wide-spread disease and starvation – are the reality that separation creates. We have plenty of resources and intelligence to prosper. Obscuring the facts of history with inaccurate emotionally charged language spells doom by disconnecting us from the truth of our shared existence. In the truth of our shared existence is the solution to all of our fears.
See a more human world. Get in touch with your breath. It takes practice, but the freedom is worth it. Breathe. Meditate. Dismantle the mental and social structures that drive oppression. End Race Now!
“None of the observable traits people associate with race are simple genetic traits. Complex traits are influenced by several genes as well as the environment” ~Jeffery C. Long, Geneticist
This is an incredible nuanced discussion on pigmentation. Using NASA satellite imagery of UV exposure on the Earth, Nina Jablonski breaks the illusion of skin color.
Take race off the 2020 U.S. Census. End Race Now!
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Dismantle the mental and social structures that support the illusion of race.
End the racial categorization of humans now.
End Race Now!