The fact is that our American culture and socioeconomic institutions continue to employ traditional notions of "Black", "White", "Asian", and "Latino". It remains a factor in every facet of life in this country, regardless of whether or not you want to acknowledge reality. As long as this fact remains true, attempting to ignore race is tantamount to accepting its negative impact on large segments of our fellow Americans. This is no less true just because you choose adopt pseudo-scientific language in your analysis.
You may want to consider yourself an "idealist" for dismissing it out of hand, but I consider you willfully blind.
lol, I never said that I don't acknowledge reality, but I'm pointing out that the reality is based on arbitrary crap. And the fact that you prefer to continue the current system is what's really continuing the negative impact on people.
Your views just gives the real racists strength (I mean the real nutjob kind you'll find at stormfront, the national alliance members, the KKK members, etc.).
There's no psuedo-science in my language, race is the real pseudo-science here. There's nothing scientific at all about categorizing people based on their skin pigmentation, then making broad generalizations about people using it.
It just leads to ridiculous generalizations about everything from IQ to how much tears your tear ducts create. Point is, it doesn't MATTER what the average IQ of your "race" is, or how many tears the average person in your "race" produces a day, because there is SO MUCH OVERLAP that you should ALWAYS treat everyone as an individual.
Seriously, that's like telling a 6' tall person that the average height for their race is 5'9". How in the world is this information helpful?
So fine, the average black person in the US today may not have as many resources as people from other races tend to, but that's just the AVERAGE. There's also plenty of poor whites, asians, half-white half-hawaiian, etc people who also lack resources, and using race is a lousy way of dealing with these problems that only promotes racism.
Just look at how much anger AA can stir up in a predominantly upper-middle class filled forum like SDN. Maybe you can't see it, but amongst people who AREN'T from such nice backgrounds it just plain stirs up racism, not just heated forum debates.
If you think you can honestly fight racism by continuing to reinforce the idea of race through things like AA, you're the delusionial one, not me. Maybe I'm being an idealist, but my way also happens to be the only real way that racism would ever go away-when we stop supporting it at an institutional level.
Did you ever think that maybe the educational gap for poor white males is actually quite ridiculously large too? Perhaps unsurprisingly they're also the ones that you'll find making up the majority of the hardcore racists. Yeah I'm sure it's just a coincidence.
You take away race and you take away this divisive bull****. And I'm *NOT* saying that we shouldn't help people who are disadvantaged overcome their backgrounds. Not at all.
I once told Iris Chang that she was being a hypocrite in drawing a race line between asians and caucasians, because she had just prior blasted the Japanese for considering the Chinese a separate race, right before making it sound as if the current racial groups had any more logic or credibility to them. They're both equally stupid and arbitrary, just happens that the Japanese took it a little further. And I respected her for most other things, but I still had to call her out on it.
Calling me willfully blind is a little unneccessary-I obviously know how race is used in our society, just because I don't want to continue supporting such a harmful concept doesn't make me an idiot.
When not absolutely neccessary, I always make sure not to bother checking off any racial categories on forms (or I'll check Other). Seriously, why do they need to know if I'm an "Asian/Pacific-Islander" when I'm filling out my Resident Adviser's evaluation?!? If s/he was a racist I'd either have complained already or just written it in the comments, how does me checking off my "race" help anybody?! Plus there's only like 8 people who live on a hall anyway, how the hell does this racial data help anybody? On a more humorous note, I bought a T-shirt with a checkbox checked off next to the word Other, although most people end up thinking the checkbox with a check in it is an M, and ask me why I have T-shirt that says MOther, lol.
Since so many people are going to be Others soon anyway (unless you believe the races shouldn't intermarry...in which case you have serious problems), you might as well join in on the fun now and declare your non-belief in race.