[quote=“Namahottie”][quote=“jdsmith”]This may sound odd, but I never really consciously consider my own race, so I have no answer, even after considering the choices.
Why would anyone change races?
Although, this could be because I’m white, male, and American. [/quote]
Very good point but expand on that being white, male and American and why you wouldn’t. Not a flamebait question. But given the ‘ideals’ that surround those adjectives it brings something to the conversation.[/quote]
Well, I wouldn’t say they are “ideals” really. They describe me.
I don’t know what role race has played in my life, and maybe that IS because I’m white. My dealings with other races has come down to A) where I live, and B) what I do.
A: I’m from whitebread America. The percentage of blacks in my high school was much less than the 12% of blacks in the USA; in the military, it was more like 60/40 white, but…and this gets into B) see below; in Taiwan, I’m clearly in the minority, so I feel any weirdness or discomfort is theirs not mine…
B: The things I seem to have done in my life, well, the blacks around me weren’t into them, or maybe didn’t like me; no blacks on the ski team in HS; the black guys I lived with in the Marines weren’t drinking in the rock bars, they were in the soul bars; the blacks I went to college with weren’t into the Dead or mind bending…uh…experiences; actually in Taiwan I’ve spent more time with blacks than in the US…same boat experiences, but limited.
I simply don’t think about race, because I never had to. Even in Taiwan, the “racial” experiences of being a white man are mostly passive, stares and stupid comments, and not anything that would make me think more about myself than them.
edit: this is black centered, because really I haven’t had a whole lot of close contact with other races, aside from my Taiwan experience.