Saturday, January 24, 2009

The End of Racisim?

What will change for Americans now that their President has more melanin in his skin?


Melanine.

For how many years have we humans allowed political, social and church policy to be dictated by the amount of melanine in skin?

When put that way, is it not outrageous?? What if those policies had been based on eye colour? Eyes, like skin, are an organ of the body; how bizarre it would be were policies - the idea of equality - based on eye colour. It is no different where it comes to skin.

In 1968, the day after Dr. ML King was killed, teacher Jane Elliott demonstrated the utterly fatal flaw of “race” based thinking. See this PBS documentary:

A Class Divided.

It should be noted that Jane Elliot, the teacher who developed this 'experiment' exposed a bunch of 10 year olds to the fundamental stupidity of racism and by that garnered the hate and anger of the entire adult community around her.....
The kids got it. The adults? Not so much...

The term “race” is first of all utterly baseless. The genetic markers that make us human - and the mitochondrial DNA markers that link us - are not specific to skin colour. By that reality, ‘race’ is a polictical construct designed to divide, conquor and subjugate us, people of the human race.

If reliance on the colour of skin as a means of judgement and separation has finally passed out of fashion, we can only say how sad is it that such a stupid division ever existed and question ourselves as to why we allowed those who purport to lead us to take advantage of such a false premise for so long.
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  1. All of your points are true yet it fails to come to grips with the true cause of racism- the fear of the "other." In areas of racial homogeneity, other factors will become the source of discrimination and hatred. Perhaps it will be religion, perhaps politics, national origin, or yes, even hair color (The term Ginger for redheads in Britain is an insult and a slur, just like whop, or kike, or fag is in the US) Consider the case of the Tutsies and the Hutus- a racially based genocide between two peoples that much of the world couldn't tell apart. I suspect that this tendency is the result of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution- seeking to protect one tribe from others. It very likely has a link to species survival that has long ago become moot, but the innate programming is still there and not likely to disappear in any of our lifetimes. One of the sad realities of life is that the optimism and egalitarianism of youth fades and our darker natures gain sway over our better ones under the guise of "real life".

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  2. I so agree with your comments on my blog, Jim. Those realities - innate, instinctual fear of "the other" are very unlikely to be overcome in our lifetimes.

    It makes me so sad that even with my children, who have been raised in a family that is so "united nations," there is still that fear.

    However, it is far easier to slay the beasts we know than those we don't acknowledge exist. Perhaps the great leap of our and the next generation will be simply that; to acknowledge and recognize the beast.

    Thanks for your comments!

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