In a world where all races seem to be making equal contributions to the economy, the attitude and stereotype towards race has remained to haunt the society. There are still various cases of discrimination on the basis of race. Instead of concentrating on other economic activities, some people have gone ahead to take a critical study of the race just to prove or disapprove the assumptions that have been held towards people of a certain race (Haney, 2006). This implies that race is a social problem rather than a biological issue. Just as a child has no choice of whether to be born a girl or a boy, he or she may also not have the privilege to choose the area to be born and the skin colour to adapt. This hence implies that skin colour has nothing to do with racial discrimination.
Race comes in when in the process of interacting and socializing we realise that somebody bears a different skin colour than we do. This is worsened by what we have heard rather than learned about such people, which shape our attitude towards them (Glenn, 1999). The notion that the white race is superior grows within us making us believe without confirming it. Being born with such believes makes people of different races to behave and act according to how the society has always viewed them. In the end, we end up blaming skin colour rather than changing historical myths about race. As long as people concentrate on skin colour even when relating to certain attributes, them the issue of race will never die from the society (Lopez, 1994). The more we realise our capabilities, the more we use racial myths to either justify or disapprove the myths. This hence means that race will always crop up in any positive or negative scenario in our society.
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