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The development of the concept of race

I am very excited to discuss subjects that interest me and make people think critically about culture and society. I am looking forward to this personal challenge to hold my own writing with an anthropological community. I humbly thank you all in advance! Historical Context All the history books that I have read suggest that race was first recognized when the Europeans came over to America and saw the Native Americans.

But what did the Europeans think of the peoples on their trade routes? What was different about the Native Americans that sparked a racial hierarchy to begin? Or is it our history books that are flawed due to being written by either by Americans or Europeans and are therefore biased?

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The main concern of the Europeans was religion and how people of different colors fit into that scheme. But this is, nevertheless, the beginning of the mistreatment of people for their skin color…in theory. Reason for Race, Not Justification It is human nature to categorize things to make our reality more palatable. Also, it is a coping mechanism for status.

The Concept of Race

One does not have to talk to someone to figure out their status if they can just look at them and know according to their skin color, hypothetically speaking.

Now, I am not saying we all do this, but realize that ingrained within each one of us is our culture that society has presented to us since birth. I believe, no matter who you are looking at, you will make some sort of assumption or employ some sort of stereotype to that person.

This may include race but more importantly hierarchy or status judgment. Construction through Society Race is a very dynamic human category.

Race is a Social Concept, Not a Scientific One (Op-Ed)

It is not the same anywhere at any given time due to the different constructs set up within a society and the personal translation of that construct. In America, race started out by the decision of whether or not the peoples of darker skin were animals or men. That is a pretty intense construct to break out of after years of this type of thinking and teaching!

We have outgrown this phase for the most partthough, which is relieving. There is still a commanding argument on whether or not biology has anything to do the color of skin of anyone.

Yes, the color of skin varies but does it make someone biologically different to the point of them being inferior or superior? Conclusion The conception of race is truly in the eyes of the beholder. It depends on who is looking, judging, assuming and has little or nothing to do with biology but the history of a society that makes assumptions or stereotypes of people of darker skin to create a social hierarchy that is visible or easily identified.

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But the emphasis put behind the skin is the creation of race. The emphasis that is put in place by a sociocultural system is where the interpretation and conception of race stems from. Race is just an idea and not a fact of inferiority.