When true believers spout that nugget of wisdom it always seems to be under the pretext that a social construct is a thing without merit or legitimacy. Which is…strange, to say the least.
So whenever I hear someone say, “race is a social construct,” I always reply, “so are rights.”
Yep. Rights are a social construct. So is law, justice, equality, etc. The list is endless.
Really, I have no idea what-so-ever about what those who say “race is a social construct” are trying to imply or suggest. And it’s rather obvious that they don’t either. It’s just a slogan with not an ounce of thought behind it.
Such are the times we live in.
On the one hand there is no such thing as race. On the other hand there is racism.
There’s no such thing as White people, and yet, somehow, there is White privilege.
Racial profiling is bad, but please support racial quotas, affirmative action, the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the NAACP, the ADL, the United Negro College Fund, Black Entertainment Television, Latino Entertainment Awards, La Raza and hundreds of other such organizations and institutions which receive government subsidies.
Minorities? Native Americans? Anti-Semitism? Apparently, none of these things exist since race is a social construct.
Come to think of it, the mere act of accusing someone of anti-semitism is racist, since it requires an acknowledgement that one person is a semite and the other person is not!
Let that sink in. The charge of racism is, itself, an acknowledgement of the existence of race.
In fact the pursuit of “equality” betrays the belief in differences to begin with, now doesn’t it.
As to the question of the reality of race,
- Skulls of Whites, Blacks and Asians are identifiable as White, black and asian. As are hair samples.
b. ‘At the same time evidence is slipping out of the laboratory and into everyday life, carrying with it the inescapable message that people of different races have different DNA.’
-New York Times, Nov. 11, 2007 ‘In DNA Era, New Worries About Prejudice’
There are mountains of evidence of the reality of race and racial differences.
The Archeological, Forensic, Scientific, sociological, anthropological and Historical evidences reach into the Heavens.
It takes a certain kind of ideological zealotry to deny it.
And a special kind of thoughtless stupidity to utter inane phrases like “race is a social construct.”