I recently posted an entry called “Winter Is Tearing Me Apart“, in which I talked about my skin tearing due to the cold dry weather, and in that post I had a photo of my red, torn knuckles.
Unbelievably, I received an email from a reader that said ” … saw your photo on the blog post. I am very surprised that you are not a black man! You are from the Caribbean and have sarcoidosis, and you are not black?”
Really? What difference does it make if I not a black man. I posted some time ago about this same issue on a post titled “May Every Creed And Place Find An Equal Place “, and now I here we go again.
I am always astonished in general how much emphasis race plays in people’s lives. I have never seen race, only people, so it astonishes me. Growing up I had friends of all races, all religions and thought nothing of it. But the world is so transfixed with race. When you go to medical web sites with information on sarcoidosis, the statistics must always break down the occurrence by race, then by gender, then by geography. Why? Does it matter? Is that to give the white man from London a sense of security that he is less likely to get Sarcoidosis than the white man from Norway, or the black man from the Caribbean?
I hate statistics and statistics such as those only help to exacerbate the already huge problem of racism we have in the world. Racism does not mean only discrimination against another race. A comment like the one I received also is racist. Any comment where race is the governing factor of the sentence is in itself a racist comment to me.
Sarcoidosis doesn’t know race or color. All we need to be concerned about is the fact that we are a community of people with a rare, incurable, devastating disease that attacks everyone completely different, in varying degrees of disability. Putting a color to it accomplishes nothing. Knowing my race changes nothing. So to the person that sent me that email, I never answered you because I thought your email ridiculous. And to answer your question, “What is your race?”- it’s human. Just human.