Monday, July 27, 2020

Talking about race is not in and of itself racist

Some respondents to my recent posts about race have suggested that discussing race is itself racist. Even me calling myself "White" would thus risk being racist. But while race is a "social construct" with no biological basis beyond melanin levels in skin, that doesn't mean "race" doesn't exist. It's not a biological "thing", but it's still a social thing. Nor does race as a "social construct" mean any given individual can decide which race to belong to. It's not an individual choice but a social determination. It's a construct with very real effects that need to be discussed, and discussing its construction and effects is not essentially racist – or even anti-racist. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 27 July)

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