Keep Building?

I’ve been reading a few articles recently about social constructs.  At the top of Google when you look for a definition, you get:

In the domain of social constructionist thought, a social construct is an idea or notion that appears to be natural and obvious to people who accept it but may or may not represent reality, so it remains largely an invention or artifice of a given society.

The articles I was reading were talking about gender and race being social constructs – they are issues because we let them be, especially when there is no strict definition certainly of the latter.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing for The Atlantic, says:

Andrew writes that liberals should stop saying “truly stupid things like race has no biological element.” I agree. Race clearly has a biological element — because we have awarded it one. Race is no more dependent on skin color today than it was on “Frankishness” in Emerson’s day. Over history of race has taken geography, language, and vague impressions as its basis.

This is a sentiment I can understand.  However, here’s where I sometimes struggle.  If we, as a singular race, campaign to break down the walls of race perceived by others, does that not contribute to the social construct that we’re trying to break?

It’s something that I’m still thinking about and I’ll admit to obviously not being one of the world’s greatest philosophers! But is there a case there that in trying to stop something we actually make it a bigger problem?  Is there a better way to target difference than to create a movement that highlights it?

Build a bridge to your mind
Takes me there everytime
Lay it all on the line
There’s a way
Build a bridge, make a path
Overlook the aftermath
Make my tears be your bath
There’s a way
Only’d if you take a ride
Go with me to the other side

Even though it’s gonna crumble down
I’ll keep building till you come around
Even though it’s gonna fall apart
Break my heart
I’ll keep building till I die

Build a bridge of memories
Stretch it out over seas
To the end of the world
There’s a way
Build a bridge made of pains
Send my longing down the drain
Have no reasons to complain
There’s a way
Only’d if you take a ride
Go with me to the other side

Even though it’s gonna crumble down
I’ll keep building till you come around
Even though it’s gonna fall apart
Break my heart
I’ll keep building till I die

Wait…wait for me…
Wait…please wait for me…
Wait…wait for me…
Wait…please wait for me…

Even though it’s gonna crumble down
I’ll keep building till you come around
Even though it’s gonna fall apart
Break my heart
I’ll keep building till I die

Build A Bridge by Limp Bizkit

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