Monday, July 7, 2008
I am Chocolate...What are you?
What Race is "White"?
What race is "Black"
I work everyday where I see people come into my office with "White" or "Black" marked on their applications as their ethnicity. Why is that?
Every other ethnic group has a specific name. Asians are not called "Yellows", Mexicans are not called "Browns", Africans do not call themselves "Black", even the few Europeans that come into my office do not call themselves "white".
So why do we Americans classify ourselves by colors?
I looked up the definition of White and Black and this is what I found....
White- The combination of all the colors of the visible light spectrum. White is an achromatic color, since it has no hue.
In nature, white results when transparent fibers, particles, or droplets are in a transparent matrix of a substantially different refractive index. Examples include classic "white" substances such as sugar, foam, pure sand or snow, cotton, clouds, and milk. Crystal boundaries and imperfections can also make otherwise transparent materials white, as in the milky quartz or the microcrystalline structure of a seashell. This is also true for artificial paints and pigments, where white results when finely divided transparent material of a high refractive index is suspended in a contrasting binder. Typically paints contain calcium carbonate and/or synthetic rutile with no other pigments if a white color is desired.
Black- The color of objects that do not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum; they absorb all such frequencies of light. Sometimes black is described as an "achromatic color", but in practice it can be considered a color, as in expressions like "black cat" or "black paint".
THE ABOVE DEFINITIONS WERE SUPPLIED BY WILKIPEDIA.COM
Does this sound like any person you know?
I have known some "white" people that were so pale they looked transparent, but they did not fit the above definition.
I have known some "black" people that were so dark they looked blue, but they did not fit the above definition.
So where did calling a persons ethnic background a color on the rainbow come from?
I do not know.
But I know that I am not "Black". If you want to describe me by a color, I would be a deep chocolate. So does that mean I have invented a new ethnic group of people?
What color are you?