In all the time that I have had tekwh0re, I have never really touched on the issue of race or racism. See, race, racism, etc, are very touchy words and in my experience really are a matter of each individual’s (strong) opinion (everybody has one).
Today, this is going to change. But before I go any deeper into this subject, I really need everyone reading this to create a blank slate in their minds for a moment and throw out everything anyone has ever taught you about race or racism.
Because all of it, each and every single bit is a part of a mass constructed lie. A social construct to keep the “haves” away from the “have nots”.
The concept of “race” is a very outdated and outmoded one. What does race mean? Or even more to the point, what does race mean to the individual?
“I must preserve the white ‘race’”. “I must preserve the black ‘race’”. “I must preserve the Indian ‘race’”.
Well, what does that mean? If I were to go down to the scientific basics, does this mean that one needs to preserve the pigment of one’s skin, the color and slant of one’s eye, the hue and texture of one’s skin?
Most people I know would say that preserving one’s race is more than that. That to preserves one race is to preserve the traditions of their race, the identity, the culture.
And right here, immediately we have come into a fallacy. Race is not related to culture. Race is related to environment. Location is related to culture. The culture is not related to environment. Culture is a living, breathing thing. Culture can travel, change, mutate.
Let me explain.
No one understands all the reasons why we come in all the many hues and variations in this world. Science has explained that one’s environment dictates how one looks. The sun being very hot in Africa has lead to people being of darker pigmentation to help with UV rays. Some Africans are taller because with a larger surface area, evaporation, hence cooling is better able to happen. As we get more into the temperate areas on earth, people tend to not be as dark and there is more of a mixture of “race”. As we go even further north, people start to get shorter, carry weight in a different manner. Science has dictated to us that this is because it is cold, and being more compact is more efficient in conserving heat.
That is the only thing that one’s physiology does. Once again, it is related to the environment, and nothing more.
Then again, genetics are a funny thing. Sometimes, you’ll still get a white black person or a white person with really kinky hair.
Culture on the other hand borrows from the environment, the morality and religions of the people, and the resources that are in the immediate and surrounding area. Culture has a way of spreading in a way that race does not. Man by nature, borrows ideas as they come along if they find it will improve his daily life. He borrows these ideas, expands upon them they become his own. For example, most of the world agrees that there are 12 months in a year. The names of the months themselves are all borrowed from Roman culture. Culture is a learned behavior. Culture we learn from were we live and the people around us.
This is why you can take a little Pakistani boy, have him grow up in Glasgow and end up being a hard core Rangers fan who responds with an “Aye” instead of a “yes” when you ask him a question.
This is why a Turkish girl growing up in Holland speaks Dutch, likes to dress in the latest fashions from France and eats “French” fries with mayonnaise.
This is why in America the majority whites, blacks, Asians, etc, eat pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, want to drive big cars, and enjoy American Idol. (And generally prefers Ketchup on their fries. In this case, I would have to say the Americans are right *wink*)
Culture transcends color. Culture does not even consider race.
This is why to me, the idea of “race” is stupid. The color of one’s skin has nothing to do with one’s behavior, likes, or wants. Where someone grew up, how they grew up, has everything to do with how they act. I keep thinking back on the Pakistani guy that I know. If you were to ask him what his nationality is, he would say British, and then Scottish.
And just because he has skin of a darker color, is he wrong? He sounds Scottish, he eats chips (french fries), enjoys the footie (soccer) on the telly. Perhaps he’s not running around in a kilt- then again, not many Caucasian guys up in Scotland are running around in kilts anyway (shame, too. At least from this Yankee woman’s perspective).
This is why I hate it when people in America, especially second and third generation ones say “I am Irish American.”, “I am African- American”, “I am Japanese-American”.
No, you are not. You are American. You’ve gone to American schools, you speak with an American accent. You eat pizza and hamburgers and you grew up and live here. You may be of Irish, African, or Japanese decent, but you are not a product of that “culture” anymore. You may speak Japanese at home but the television is in English and you work in America. The color of your skin, the texture of your hair may have something to do with the genetics of your ancestors, but as we have already proven:
Culture can and will always overwrite genetics.
Which means race means nothing but ancestral location.
Perhaps what is even more telling is how the “races” can mix and mate with no problem. Unlike when you cross a donkey with a horse, or a lion with a tiger, people of mixed race are not sterile. They can go on, have sex with anyone, have a baby, and continue on the species.
So, what are we really concerned with here? Color, or culture?
I can understand if someone is concerned about a culture disappearing from the earth. In reality, no culture ever really dies but only mutates or lives on as part of another. I plan on touching on that in part two of this essay.