I have lived in the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. Contrary, to what one may think, I do not think that in every country race is necessarily the first thing that pops into one head. Moving to the U.S. at age 25, I was shocked and amazed at America’s concentration on skin color as a general descriptive characteristic of people, above everything else. After moving to the U.S. and then back home, I began noticing many of my friends’ skin colors much more conciously than I did before and began asking them specifics about their ethnicity, realizing that many of my arab and italian friends might be considered black or latino if they lived in certain parts of America. I personally think that denoting people by race only draws more attention to it, making it a greater divider. In fact, I would argue that most racism in America today stems from racial obsession. I know it may sound silly but think about it: If you started to identify people by their noses, don’t you think people would become more ‘nose-concious’ and then, discriminate or group people by their noses. I generally support not addressing people by their race. I think it simply creates more tension.