Citizenship Does Not Equal Race

I started drafting a new post a little under a week ago. It has grown to around 6.5 pages already, so I thought I’d break off a point and make a short post now (and possibly break off one or more additional points to make more short posts later) in order to make the draft shorter and easier to read when I finish it. I felt that if I didn’t make one or more smaller posts of it that it might turn into a small booklet which other people might not have the motivation to read in its entirety. The thought kind of bummed me out, so I thought shorter posts would be best.

Without further ado, here is the first (shortened) point:

I have noticed time and again that people seem to be having difficulty understanding something which keeps popping up in conversations that quickly turn  into screaming matches. Citizenship does not equal race. There seems to be some debate about this and I’d like to add my thoughts on it as I consider it an important topic.

Race is determined by genetics, can potentially be determined visually without asking the person (as is the case for Europeans, Asians, Africans, and aboriginal Americans and Australians) with the exception of course being race-mixed people – at which point you will need to ask them what they are, and race can be discovered through genetic testing when, for example, the remains of a deceased individual do not provide enough visual evidence for one to determine the race of the deceased using the eyes alone. A DNA sample is taken and analyzed in a laboratory and one or more tests are done which tell the person’s race. This is how we know the mummified Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were actually European, not African. We determined the race of the mummies with this testing.

Citizenship, on the other hand, is not determined by genetics, cannot be determined visually, and cannot be discovered through DNA testing. Citizenship can be changed during the course of a person’s lifetime, whereas race cannot. Citizenship says nothing about where an individual’s ancestors came from or about what kinds of mannerisms or opinions you can expect from that individual. Citizenship says nothing about the traditions and values people uphold.

Citizenship says only where one lives. It does not say anything concrete about an individual beyond that. Race can speak volumes more, and stretches back into the past to reveal things not only about a person, but about their whole family and fatherland(s). One can simply research the surnames of different people within a race and find that their ancestors were people who were a part of history in some way, while one cannot look up one’s citizenship to find out about the individual (the country, state, etc. sure, but not the person). They didn’t have to be great warriors or anyone extremely “interesting”, mind you, but one can look back into the past of one’s family and race and find out who they are and who their ancestors were.

As an example, most of mine weren’t entirely special in any way, but one of mine (by marriage I’ve heard…) invented alfalfa that could survive the winter. One can infer that I have some “farmer” in my blood and maybe I like to take long walks outside, generally enjoy nature, eat organic fruits and vegetables and so on. For that matter, the plant-growing tendencies in my family have lasted for centuries into the present day. I have an idea of the geography in and by which some of my ancestors lived because their surnames told me. I know some of my ancestors made wheels (of all things!) because their surname told me, and I know where they lived and what language they spoke just by looking at that same surname. It seems that a few of my ancestors were traders or something of the sort as well (from the description I read I gather that was more important in their time than we understand it today). I know that my ancestors mostly came from around the same area in Europe, and I can piece together stories about them and make educated guesses for centuries back about who they were, what they did, where they lived, and even how some of them might have ended up in America.

Sure it isn’t that interesting, but you won’t hear stories stretching back centuries just by asking someone their citizenship. You will only hear a small number of things by doing that:

I didn’t like (insert verb or noun here), so I left.

I wanted to go home.

Or the particularly annoying, “I wanted to live the easy life (so I came to your country/state to sponge off you hard-working people)!!! 😀 Look at what an Evangelical Christian I am!!! HALLELUJAH. BTW r u single, pretty white girl?!“* (It took me over twenty minutes to get that guy to leave me alone, by the way. Persistence is key. Moving on…)

Wanting to go home is the only one of those I find understandable and the most tolerable. For that sake, it’s tied into race as well, with “home” in this case being the person’s fatherland or, probably less often, their motherland, which the person is tied to by their blood and race – that being the reason they consider it their home. Even if they’ve never been there. It’s the home of their blood – where their ancestors came from and where most of their family is buried. So in this case the person wants to change their citizenship to match their race, and there’s nothing wrong with people wanting to live in their ancestral homelands like this. In fact it’s perfectly natural and ordinary. People have done this throughout the existence of the human race before citizenship even existed.

This brings me to my next sub-point: citizenship and the borderlines of states and countries were constructed by the human imagination and are things which can and do change. Race is not imaginary and can’t be changed through the power of one’s will. We did not invent race, but race can and does play a crucial part in shaping who we are as individuals, as communities, as states and as citizens of the world because it is in our blood to be who we are, and this blood does not determine citizenship.

Hopefully I’ve explained myself well enough for now.


*UPDATE: I will continue being off-topic down here. I found a video related to what I was saying about immigrants sponging off others. Unfortunately I am unable to post it (I admit that technology baffles and confuses me at times), but I can tell you all to go to YouTube and look up a video called “California Nightmare” by ramzpaul. He touches on the subject in that video.