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Where Did Race Come From Jeffrey M Fish a psychologist who studied Brazilian culture and how they classify themselves stated that different cultures classify physical differences in different ways We classify these differences as race but there is no such thing as race Race is just a myth Americans believe that Asians blacks Hispanics and whites constitute biological entities called races but it is a matter of cultural interest rather than scientific substance This idea tells more about our culture rather than our species 251 Race is a social construction that people were born into We then classify different races with innate biologically based different intellects temperaments and characters Rothenberg 8 To some people racial classification is natural A possible definition of race is through which path of social construction the society takes Race is an idea that we created ourselves through social construction to classify the physical differences and cultural differences that we each have from our perspectives From infancy human beings learn to see small differences in the faces of those around them A baby would mostly see the faces of the parents family members relatives and close friends of the family As a black baby heshe would tend to see a much more variety of blacks faces than the faces of whites and visa versa for a white baby Fish 256 At this point the babies do not know anything about race but this is where the social construction of race and others begins As human beings we grow up with our own perceptions of race however our parents culture friends and media have huge influences As human beings throughout different parts of the world we will eventually come upon the rules of how to classify race and our own racial identity This is something that we do not even think about It is sometimes being done in our heads unconsciously One example would be television or films The media gives
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