Race

is a topic that has born a lot of controversy over time due to thedifferences in definitions surrounding it. The societal perceptions,religious, political interests and biological facts all define racedifferently. This paper looks objectively into racism and theemerging trends therein.

Initiallycolor was used as the sole distinguishing factor putting people intoeither black or white racial categories. A more objective view ofrace over time incorporates scientific, religious as well as thesocietal views so as come up with a less discriminatory approach tothe concept of race. Biologists’ view of race in terms of geneticcomposition labeled those with more advantageous traits as higher inthe cultural set up and vice versa. This view does not portraymankind on a level ground for consideration hence, raising moredebate on the matter. Social science on the other hand, allowspeople to consider their immediate environment and group people basedon different societal factors such as color and accent. For instance,race is used to give people identity and attach a certain code ofcontact to each category. This is a more appealing approach since itgives people the freedom to use race to their own advantage andsurvival.

Initially,colour was the striking difference between members of the samesociety. This led to the emergence of black and white races. Thewhites were viewed as superior and better which qualified Africans tobe slaves and the whites as masters. Over time, the political set upsabolished slavery bringing this to an end. During the missionaryperiod, whites were considered pure, while Africans were left as theonly group requiring redemption. Eventually, the understanding thatdifference in color, social classification, state policies and political affiliations as well as cultural beliefs does not define aperson has led to a decline in racial regroupings.