Ethnic Origin, Nationality and Other Methods of Identity
Is it me or is the notion of people being identified and identifying themselves in terms of ethnic origin, nationality and so forth poisonous?
I'm currently at uni and most social groups are racially based and there are societies based on nationality/ethnicity. e.g.) "Indian and Pakistani society". This basically mirrors what general society is like where cities tend to be segregated in terms of race/ethnicity, so in effect uni to me is like a mini-city and thus the intricacies become apparent.
I was watching a video yesterday about racial identity and did some further reading on it. Children start to feel and think about race from the age of 4 onwards, by this stage society has socially conditioned them enough so that they recognise racial differences and how there is a hierachy; as simple as white being good and non-white being 'different', like an outcast.
But it got me thinking that being defined in terms of ethnicity, nationality and so forth is just a way for the powers that be to control the masses and make them feel like they should rank/judge people based on these things and view their 'own' as what they should be a part of.
I personally find it very weird and disturbing that people socialise with others based on ethnicity/nationality and walk around in groups like this, but sadly I am one of a very select few that see it like that. Most see mixing as abnormal if anything and most do identify with those of their same 'kind'.
What I find interesting is that we are aware of this and that we are brainwashed yet it doesn't stop people's subconscious feelings and tendancies in social situations. You know that judging colour is pointless and whatnot in theory, but in practise that goes out of the window for most.
So in light of this, do you think things like ethnic/nationality societies should be banned, cities should be integrated and identity should be stripped? Is this even possible i.e.) is the media powerful enough to reverse brainwash the masses who see colour as something bonding?