Originally Posted by imageWIS
You're talking about skin color, not race. Yes, people can be black, or white, or whatever other "˜color' people come in (Asian people aren't really "˜yellow' so, I'm not going to call them that). Race ideology is flawed and is just a bigoted notion to separate us from one another, no surprise really that the Nazi's perpetuated it so. Our differences come about from the direct result of different upbringing, different skin color, and different life experiences. Other than that, we all are for the most part, the same. Like it or not.
Not true. If you go to a group of people that you know nothing about you are going to gravitate towards people that you presume are most like you - this is a natural human tendancy. Since you don't know anything about these people the only thing that you can base who you might gravitate towards is their physical appearance. This is why at any orientation you might immediately see black people hanging out with other black people and white people hanging out with other white people from the very first day - because you automatically presume that these people have experiences that are similar to your own. This is only natural.
What the Nazis perpetuated is that one race is superior
to the other races, not the existance of races themselves. It's not very helpful in any type of dialogue about race to simply say that race does not exist and therefore we should ignore it and pretend that we are all the same. The fact of the matter is that whether or not it is biological, cultural, or referential - race exists in our society and throughout the world and we are not going to get anywhere by just pretending that it doesn't - to think that we are is simply naive as well intentioned as it might be.
As far as the distinction between "race" and "color" - that's just semantic. Maybe, other than skin color, we are just biologically the same (and that's a big maybe), nevertheless, our skin color has a profound effect on the way we experience life and it should not be ignored.