Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bit tired of people using Racism.

In the media people are still divided in to 'races' or stereotypes in order to make the news more easily understood by the people who consume their text. 'Race' is also a useful tool to sway a point of view of an audience member or to push a political agenda. You need look no further than New Zealands Televison One’s bias toward The National Party and their seperatist point of views (Maori vs non Maori, those with families vs those without). It is almost comical to watch just how one eyed the news coverage is. But then people will come across and criticize these media institutions with the exact divisive tools (‘racism’ and stereotypes) that the media have wrongly used to portray people in society in the first place. I would love to know why people, in the 21st century, still refer to people by their non-existant ‘race’.

In the early 20th century, in order to prove inferiourity of a group of people when compared to their own, people would be divided into groups based upon visual ques like hair types, skin colour, crude cranial measurements and even the size and shapes of their noses! Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it. Thats because it is. This typolologically based division ‘race’ is based not on science (DNA, Blood types, Immunisation to disease etc), not on nationality or ethnic background, religious beliefs, or at best a combination of these, but what our ancestors thought looked different. They even had colour and nose charts for ease of classification!

So if you are reading this and you are using ‘race’ as a desription of the people around you just think to yourself where it came from and why it came into being. Then hopefully you will conclude, like I have, that the classifcation 'race' has no place in media institutions or anywhere else.


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