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To look Black, White, Latino, Asian, Native, what does it mean? Is my race in my blood, marked in a particular gene? If one's father is black and their mother is white, how does one choose what race on the census to write? What if you're adopted and have no information on your history? If you only know your adoptive parents whom you look nothing like, does your race remain a mystery? If one's skin is pale white, their hair blonde and their eyes bluish, can they really still be Jewish? Everyone on this planet is individually unique in terms of physical and mental chemistry. Even though people may appear similar in various ways, it is undoubtedly true that no two people on this planet are exactly the same. All differences set aside, it is in our nature as a species to seek companionship in partners of our biological type. This inevitable desire to be close to others coupled with our instinct to try and make sense of the world around us, has caused humans to place themselves and others into categories as a means to appropriate who is and who is not acceptably compatible for one another, who is or is not worthy, who deserves this and who deserves that. Through the formation of civilizations – standards, rules, expectations and norms were created as a means to shape and maintain the structure and boundaries of various cultures and races. This is my personal perspective on how the terms “race” and “culture” came to be, and as you can see, they are not scientifically based, they are not biological in nature, but are instead social constructions. Despite the historical belief that race is biological
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