Toure: Race Is A Social Construct, Not A Biological Reality



Obama is black because one parent was black. Zimmerman is white because one parent is white. Got it?

A year later and we’re still waiting for justice. Trayvon is dead — he would’ve turned 18 on February 5th, but instead, his heart hasn’t beat in a year. George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon, will be on trial this summer. A trial is what the protesters and activists were demanding instead of another black death swept under the rug as if our lives were worth less. But a trial in this particular case is not entirely justice because there are deeper societal problems at play that mean another black kid could become the next Trayvon on any day. […]

Since the killing, there has been a concerted effort by Zimmerman’s supporters to define him as Hispanic — as if this would change the case by removing the potential of racial profiling. This is a clever way of combining the “people of color can’t be racist” meme (an idea most whites usually reject) and the “one-drop rule” — a hold-over from slavery that says that having one drop of black blood meant you were a slave so that new slaves could be created even if they had a white parent. This rule has not historically been applied to other races and extending it to Zimmerman because his mother is Peruvian and his father German-American seems a strange stretch. And besides, race is a social construct, not a biological reality, so to evaluate whether he was racially profiling, we’d have to know what race Zimmerman considers himself. But even that question is moot once you realize that biases against people of color quite often reside inside people of color. Even if Zimmerman sees himself as Hispanic that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t view a strange black body in the distance through a racist lens.

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13 Responses to Toure: Race Is A Social Construct, Not A Biological Reality

  1. Meshuggahboy says:

    Just another example of changing the facts to fit their “reality”. Textbook psychotic behavior.

  2. notamobster says:

    Seriously? Not a biological reality? That’s weird, because the identifiers known as phenotypes, which are the physical characteristics used to identify race, are the product or expression of an organism’s genes. Last time I checked, gene’s existed in purely biological entities. Thus, making race a genetic, biological reality.

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    Yeah, there are physical differences between races but there are also a lot of physical differences between people of the same race. In fact, it is pretty hard to see where one race ends and another begins.

    In the Great Family Tree, Nigerians are probably more closely related to the Irish than they are that San Bushmen of southern Africa. Yet we think of Nigerians and the San as the same race and the Irish as something far different.

    Ultimately as a biological or social construct, race is just bullshit. We are all the same species.

    • DocO says:

      The same species? Even Liberals?

    • notamobster says:

      Of course we’re all the same species, but saying that there is no biological reality to race is silly. The visual difference is the result of biology.

      Acting like those visual differences don’t exist, or that they are merely a social construct is silly.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Well, I would prefer that we just said people are different. Toure is an idiot, but I get what he is saying in this case.

        He is wrong that race is nothing more than a social construct. I would say that “caring about race” is nothing more than a social construct, however. It shouldn’t matter.

        I have a hell of a lot more in common with Allen West than I do with Caucasian Vladimir Putin. I’d rather my son marry a black woman like Mia Love rather than a white woman like Sandra Fluke.

        As a social construct, race should be meaningless.

        • notamobster says:


        • DocO says:

          Every action, thing and concept has a corresponding social construct. But to say race is just a social construct is complete nonsense. It’s like saying a “construction hat” is just a social construct. Each society or culture may have a dominant social construct about that construction hat, e.g., it represents the proud working class, but there is still an objective “construction hat”. I hate when these low power bulbs use a term that they have only the dimmest understanding of to advance there agenda. It reminds me of the computer program someone wrote to spew out computer generated thesis to test if a conference had low selection criteria. One of these nonsense theses was actually accepted to a conference.

  4. sortahwitte says:

    Isn’t this the same cum stain that aborted his first born? And he and his girlfriend were so happy and proud they did it? Sick to my stomach doesn’t quite cover it.

  5. Roy Ryder says:

    Like a broken clock that is wrong twice a day, Toure actually says something that makes sense, once extracted from the deluge of low IQ.

    “But even that question is moot once you realize that biases against people of color quite often reside inside people of color.”

    In stating that people of one minority race can be bigoted against another minority race, Toure is attempting to say that Hispanics are often biased against blacks. Of course, he’s too much a fool to understand that it works both ways and that Martin could very well have been bigoted toward Zimmerman.

    • notamobster says:

      …or Toure, bigoted against whites & hispanics, due to his race. Just saying.

      • notamobster says:

        With Toure, facts don’t matter. The race of the perp is immaterial, unless he’s black. In which case, no racial motivation exists. If the perp is any other race, his motive was racial, without regard to any of those annoying facts.

  6. Jim22 says:

    How Toure’ got this gig, even on the unwatched MSNBC, is a reasonable question. He looks like an unwashed gangbanger who hasn’t had a haircut in several months. He revels in his unkempt appearance but is forced to wear a jacket and tie while on the air. The tie, to quote someone else, looks like it was tied with pliers.