In today’s politically-correct, but ethically-incorrect society, there is more confusion than ever about race and skin color.
I’m not an expert on race or skin color–but arguably no one is. Because the facts about race and skin color are disputable–and probably always will be disputable.
Here are some facts about race and skin color that I’ve learned over time. They are disputable–but arguably just as worthy of consideration as facts about race and skin color presented elsewhere.
We are all people of color.
And we are all of the same color.
In fact, there are no different skin colors–only different shades (or tones) of this same universal human skin color.
And the different shades of this color are determined by one pigment–melanin.
Melanin is a naturally occurring skin pigment that darkens human skin–the more melanin human skin has, the darker it is.
Race does exist.
But race has never had anything to do with skin color–because there is only one human skin color.
Race has never even had anything to do with skin tone.
Race has everything to do with physical differences that are almost exclusively aesthetic–differences primarily in bodily structure, and especially in facial structure.
And by definition of these almost exclusively aesthetic physical differences, there are three races at least, and four races at most.
They are the Negroid race, the Caucasoid race, the Mongoloid race, and the Australoid race.
Each of us is of one or more of these races.
Within each of these races there are variations in melanin level in the skin, thus variations in skin tone.
And within each of these races there are different ethnicities, or ethnic groups.
But there are only three races–four at most.
And there is only one skin color.
We are all of this same color.
And we are all people of color.