The Zimmerman shooting is really driving me nuts with this whole pedantic race nonsense.
Race is 100% a social construct. If your race is defined as X in one nation, but as something different in another. A Close friend of mine is considered “Indian” or “East Indian” by my American standards. He’s “Punjabi” by the standards of India, and when he traveled to South Africa he was suddenly “Colored”. Further under the modern affirmative action standards he’s essentially “White”, despite his ethnic looks. My Canadian ancestors were Québécois which they held as an important distinction between the English Speaking people of Canada, but just regular “White”. My Wife’s family is a mixture of Italian and Irish, both 2nd Class citizens heavily discriminated against in the early part of the 20th Century, but now are just “White” today. We still use the term “Guinea” as a slur against the Moorish occupation of Southern Europe, and their darker skin. Guinea is a nation in Africa, and calling an Italian a “Guinea” or some variation thereof is claiming they are more African than European. Of course in America a dark-skinned Italian is still “White”.
Further we’re heavily involved in the Middle East, and we simply use the term “Middle Eastern” as a race, yet if you call an Arab a “Persian” or a Persian an “Arab”, they will be deeply offended, but we see no difference as a culture. Same with the Tutsi and Hutu people of Rwanda.
Then comes all the nonsense of what is “Hispanic” and other such thing. I was told by a Police Officer that he filled out an arrest report of a Haitian immigrant as a “Black Hispanic”. Except they were dark skinned, and spoke French as their native tongue… I work with a Guarani guy (which BTW I supplied the link because nobody in America knows what a “Guarani” is…he’s just “Hispanic”…tho Guarani is his first language) with a Jewish last name. I work with a Porto Rican with blond hair and blue eyes and a Spanish Accent. I work with a ton or Portuguese people, which in this section of the country “Portagee”, or “Porkchop” are common slurs to be heard slung around. Of course nationally speaking they are considered “Latino”. (BTW you want to piss off a Portuguese person, call them a “Latino”)
And then in America we are a great melting pot. Our President is Part Kenyan African part Kansas white (and Knowing the Dunham family is from Kansas, I would be surprise if wasn’t some American Indian in her family line….Further how silly is it that a Choctaw or a Sioux Indian is the same race as a Micmac or Penobscot Indian!) and while I have white skin, I have relatives from all over Europe.
Are you confused yet? Maybe we can quit this Pedantic bullshit when talking about what EXACT race George Zimmerman is? In this case his race has about as much to do with the story as his shoe size, or the frame color of his Kel-tek. (I hear he used the black frame…but maybe it was the grey, or the OD green….)
Race is 100% in the eye of the beholder, and therefore completely subjective. and by “Subjective” I mean “Bullshit”.