Race and gender; these socially constructed ideologies are responsible for the oppression of millions and the power of a few. Humanity has been so deeply engrained in the socialization of these two concepts that we don’t even notice their influence. How have we allowed society to accept these skewed perceptions of humanity? Why is it okay to pay women less for the exact job that a male is being paid more to do? Why is it acceptable that we will hire someone solely because they are white, despite the fact that their black competition is equally qualified? There are aspects of our society that we cannot logically explain because of the stereotypes and injustices that the ideas of race and gender have ingrained in our society. Race and gender are not naturally occurring- they were invented by humans. Unlike sex and the "racial" diversity*", race and gender are abstract constructs invented with the intention to explicate and categorize certain diverse and misunderstood characteristics. Further, it seems that the invention of these terms was backed with the intention of exploitation.
Race’s entry on Wikipedia is defined as “classifications of humans into relatively large and distinct populations or groups.” “Classification” is such an interesting choice of word; do we really classify each other? There would be countless ways to do so- hair color, height, colors of our shirts-the list goes on. Yet our forefathers decided that it would be the color of our skin. And the fad caught on. People bought it. No scientific facts, no extensive research, just convincing arguments. And thus, the world was changed.