This week’s course materials have argued that race is a social construct that is largely used to categorize people for the purposes of defining who should be viewed as superior and who should be socially marginalized. Think about what you read, what you’ve observed in society, and how you understand race personally, and use that information to address the following:
1. If race and ethnicity are used to oppress people, why aren’t they simply deconstructed, and not used by society?
2. Do racial categorizations and the cultural nuances that accompany them have aspects that benefit the groups of people who belong to them?
3. Is there a way to keep the attributes bestowed by culture and race (if you believe there are any), without the aspects of social stigmatization and marginalization that currently accompanies them?