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Old 03-16-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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Technically isn't there only one race in this world, the human race. So why do we label each other with color, or sexuallity, etc... We are all one and the same a human race. Is my logic wrong?
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I'm not a fan of using race when it comes to people.

Your logic is wrong in the gender thing.
They don't belong into the category race.

We label each other with color because we haven't learned to just don't care about it.
Sexuality as well is not a race.
And also here people haven't learned yet just to not care about the other's sexuality.
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:37 PM   #3
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Ok I was wrong on the two but you do agree that we put names/label on people of skin color when it should not matter.
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In an ideal world, yes, skin color won't matter.
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Yes, and I'm sure it will take us another at least decades to get rid of that.

Racism has been with us for centuries. And such things don't disappear from one day to another.
It's the same with antisemitism. It still is alive in every country, just to a lesser degree.
Neither the second world war could stop antisemitism, nor could the civil rights movement stop racism.

But at least both isn't that strong and accepted anymore.
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I wish the labeling or racist words would stop.
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The problem I have with labels is that it makes it so easy for people to stereotype and discriminate against an entire group of people based on a single attribute. This has gotten so out of hand, there are words for certain races that originally just referred to the race but now are loaded with very negative connotations. It's really pathetic.

However, I think it's also important to have some level of social and cultural identity. Sure there is a single human race, but if we over simplify it and leave it at that, what incentive is there to learn about the origins of various traditions and schools of thought, and experience different cultures?

What do you think, Justin? Often I see you referring to your Guatemalan heritage, which I think is fine, but are you asking for all of us to give that up?
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Thats a good question Liesje. hmmm I would have to think on that.
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Most people prefer their own race. Silly to argue otherwise.
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Most people prefer their own race. Silly to argue otherwise.
In what way?
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In what way?
Most people prefer being around people of their own race. This is natural.
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Most people prefer being around people of their own race. This is natural.
But how did they end up that way. Was it due to segregation, does it have to do with language, cultural differences?
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But how did they end up that way. Was it due to segregation, does it have to do with language, cultural differences?
Mere Exposure Theory - "familiarity breeds liking", you are socialized with your on kind and simply prefer their company. It's not that the other races of people are lesser; you're just most comfortable with your own.
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I agree with finance guy, it's a natural thing.

People are generally more comfortable with people who look like them. As a child, I had no role models in the mainstream media. Most non-white children had no dolls which looked like them. Many things in society affect a person's view of themselves while growing up. When I started seeing people similar to myself in my community or on tv, it made me more comfortable realizing I was not alone.

It is certainly possible as an adult to not "need" the companionship of people of the same race. I am of mixed race and have been uncomfortable around people of both my origin races cause I felt like I was viewed as the "other" by both groups. I would think "geeks","cool kids", "trekkies" "jocks" or any other group in society feels a natural affinity for similar groups. Just as initially, people of the same race feel the same affinity. This affinity is probably not that strong all the time but it exists.
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Most people prefer being around people of their own race. This is natural.
It's the word "prefer" that I find interesting. Yes I know people prefer to be around those they can relate to and usually race often will reflect that, but does it go beyond that?
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