Cassie Bishop6 months ago
I agree with you Cimon, and I appreciate your objective response to my previous comments, (albeit rather flippant)!
In making those comments, I had clearly neglected to recognize some basic genetic variables in the equation.
Instead, my response was rooted in a skepticism I've had for many years that the notion we all fall under one category or another, or that such a vast majority of folks identify with (or simply acquiesce to) specific classifications, (which have continued to shift in relation to the powers that be)...
So I must ask, Can one's racial identity be verified by science, or merely by how they have been conditioned to see themselves? On one hand, as you pointed out, there are clear differences in the DNA/gentic make up in correlation to the region of the world he is from). But that shouldn't necessarily support the validity of doesn't Many, many people consider themselves to be members of a 'race' that had not been determined by clear distinctions in their DNA, but physical resemblance, regardless of how slight it may be. The variables at play here aren't all objective truths. Instead, folks who haven't given it any critical thought, neglect to consider the social and political subgroups that our ever changing social/political environs & the leaders thereof have declared to be the truth. So I was drawing more on how outdated the notion that someone,can legitimately claim they are genetically 'Black, 'White, 'Indian', (but not Pakistani?), Native American, Middle Eastern, Asian ', etc. in this day and age? (especially in more heterogeneous or diverse regions of the world). Or maybe it's rooted in my own experience as a woman who has been mistaken as "Italian, Spanish, Jewish, Latina and/or Native American" when heritage.. when my family tree goes directly back to Ireland & England, (and, most likely, Native American, Spanish and perhaps a little Moroccan)!
Anyway, you might appreciate this article; it kinda captures a few of of the ideas I've so gracefully tried to capture!
Thanks for reading through all of this Cimon (and/or others)! http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/what-we-mean-when-we-say-race-is-a-social-construct/275872/