A couple of days ago, I posted a documentary on whiteness created by MTV. However brief, it demonstrated whiteness as a socially constructed reality as there is no white country or place of origin for white people. Even the designation of a Caucasian is a misnomer and so is Caucasoid thought it sounds more scientific. Both are rooted in the pseudo- science of race, created in hopes of attaching social privilege and status to physical appearance.
But, those who identify as white are not alone in their delusion as there are no black, brown, beige, red or yellow people. Nope. We are all apart of the masquerade of race.
But, let’s not stop there. It’s not enough to identify the mask. It’s time we take it off and see who is really beneath the layers of prejudice and stereotypes.
Let’s not just talk more about race but about reality– not as it is given to us but as we see it. Take a moment and look at your skin color. Recognize that is not the color that it has been assigned and then reflect on what that means.
How do you look now? How does your neighbor, your neighborhood, your society and the world look now? It is my prayer that documentaries like this one allow us to look again and again until we see ourselves apart from race, until we see each other without the lens of race, until we all stop looking alike but begin to look different. Amen.