so ive recently found out I have a very small amount of African blood in me. like: less then one percent, but big enough to show up on my grandparents ancestry tests. and it raises a difficult question in my eyes. what does it mean to have an ethnicity? obviously, I'm not black. but all my life I've heard arguments like: you cant say THAT word because you'r ancestors never experienced it. but lo and behold, somewhere along the line, my ancestry does trace its roots back to Africa to some extent.
it makes you wonder where the line is. sure, I'll never be discriminated against for it, which is a big deal. but now its not as black and white, for lack of a better analogy, as it once was for me. it begs the question that: as a society, should we be trying to blur those lines instead of trying to draw them? what good does it do to draw these imaginary lines, especially based on skin color, when in actuality you never know what race you really are until you get your genetics tested for it? are white supremists really just dumbasses when they have no idea where the line is drawn and they could be discriminating against themselves for all they know? same with black supremists?
obviously there are still racial problems today that go beyond history, but it begs the question, should w let go of history to an extent and move forward accepting people they way they are instead of based on the culture they most fit in with?
White supremacists exist, in their current form, due to the existence of black and asian people in America.
Before slaves and asian immigrants, America was European peoples. In those times, they white Europeans all just discriminated against each other. Most famously, against Irish people. The treatment of the Irish people was severe and harsh. It's hard to imagine how harsh because they're both white and the racial dynamics we've seen don't let us really imagine white people treating each other that way. The way they treated black people.
Before other colored people were added to the mix, Irish people were considered to be a different, lower race than other kinds of whites. Then, after blacks and asians had a presence, white people banded together in the belief that they were superior to these other races. Then, it became about color rather than heritage.
Genetically, the differences between human "races" is less significant than the differences between breeds of dogs. Genetically, humans weren't even given enough time to evolve to the point that we were actually different races. So, we are just populations where we've made it so skin colors are relatively constant among certain groups and certain facial features are common among certain groups.
It would take no great feat to engineer a "race" of people like the Ishbalan's in FMA. People with caucasian features, brown skin, and blond/white hair. Or any other combination of features and colors that, by chance, happens not to already exist in an certain population. If you look over the people that exist, you can see caucasians, asians, and negroes all come in every color, naturally. There are people with each set of features in all different colors.
Pretty much all of the stereotypes we have about different races are demonstrably false and even contradict each other. Currently, black people are seen as innately gifted physically. Animalistic in their athleticism, hardiness, and their resplendent sexual organs. However, in the past (very recently) it was believed that blacks were inferior in every respect. Even athletics. After it became apparent that black people were equal or superior, athletically, they were drafted in droves to make up athletic teams. Even though we know there are white players that are as just as good as black players, the stereotype still persists that blacks are better.
It's all such a farce that doesn't even seem to have a use anymore. At this point, our ideas of race are just a vestigial set of ideas from previous generations that hasn't been seen as harmful enough to be done away with.
Oh, I guess I didn't tie this back to ethnicity.
Ethnicity is a detrimental idea in our social climate because it just seems to lead to behavior being attributed to race. Someone once told me that they knew I was fully black because of the way I talked.......
Since we don't take the time to appreciate the various ethnic groups that exist in our society, effort is wasted on the idea of ethnicity. People think you act that way because of your skin color, not because of your cultural heritage.
Edited by Ultrafragor, 17 April 2017 - 12:29 AM.