• RACE HAS NO BASIS IN REALITY

     

    Using the concept of race is a bit like categorising cars by their colour rather than their make. Or saying that as a cherry turns from green to red, it’s turning from one type of fruit into another.

     

    The historical concept of race, as we know it, came about as a means to further empire and slavery. The concepts that were useful in explaining and justifying both exploitation and apartheid are so engrained, that even with the advent of modern genetics, and the truth that the diverse people of this earth can’t be compartmentalised with any veracity along racial lines, those primitive modes of thought are still with us, alive and kicking.

    MICHELLE: “BLACK AFRICAN”

    THE NEW PHRENOLOGY

     

    Phrenology was the ‘science’ of understanding people’s personality traits purely from the bumps and lumps on their skulls. Hitler had his own version of this, showing how ‘sub humans’ looked different from the rest, saying that the devil “assumes the living shape of the Jew”.

     

    But we’re not actually blameless ourselves, because every time we ascribe values, motives or personality to those we don’t know, we are carrying out our own version of phrenology.

     

    And in the vanguard of this, are our beliefs about race.

    DONNA: “WHITE ENGLISH”

    LAUREN: “FINNISH & NIGERIAN”

    HINA: “BRITISH INDIAN”

    JONATHAN: “IRISH”

    DEV: “INDIAN”