We can all agree that the Earth is round, right? Yet at some point in human existence the myth of the flat Earth was a reality that dictated certain aspects of human society. Wait. Hold on! I cannot start today’s blog this way. I guess this is not a good introduction since there are still people out there today who believe that the Earth is flat! There is even an organization called ‘The Flat Earth Society’. Look it up! Be my guest.
Thus, let me clarify that right now I am addressing all the people – the vast majority – that understand that the Earth is round.
‘Race’ and its ideology about human variation emerged out of the context of African slavery, even though populations throughout human history have been enslaved without the imposition of racial ideology (note: slavery still exists. Does human trafficking ring a bell?). At the beginning of the 18th century, ‘race’ was institutionalized as a worldview – a set of culturally created attitudes and beliefs about human differences. In other words, ‘race’ was a recent invention that essentially turned into a folk idea, and is not a product of scientific research and discovery. A large database of research on human variation agrees that biological races among human beings do not exist. This is a scientific fact that is as valid and true as the fact that the Earth is round and spins around the sun (see where I was going with my introduction?).
You do not believe in science but rather have a spiritual foundation you strictly rely on? No problem. Then I can also argument that scripture states, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God. He created him; male and female. He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” (Genesis 1:28). Thus, God did not create different types of human beings within the same species. God only created one kind to its own image. Now I challenge you to show me a passage in the Bible or whichever scripture you choose, to prove that God created different races within the human species.
Despite the fact that it has been proven over and over again that there are no biological races amongst human beings, and despite the fact that racial ideology is rooted in immorality and corruption, people continue to use this terminology on a daily basis. This just blows my mind! Although from a psychological standpoint, the explanation to this seems clear to me. ‘Race’ and its ideology about superiority and inferiority in the same species are deeply ingrained in today’s society; thus, people consciously or subconsciously believe this hierarchy to be truthful. Otherwise why would groups of people utilize a word that has a derogatory connotation towards themselves, implying that they accept the fact that they belong to a different race altogether?
This especially applies in the United States, where ‘race’ is commonly used with frequency. Americans incorrectly use the word ethnicity and ‘race’ interchangeably, and define themselves and others based on ‘race’. What is so noticeable about the American experience in creating such an utmost inception of human differences was the role played by scientists and scholars in legitimizing folk ideas. Large amounts of capital were invested in attempts to prove scientifically that – and I cite – “the Negro” was a different and lower kind of human being, arguing that they were either a product of degeneration from the first creation, or descendants of a separate creation altogether. In fact, the United States is the only country in the world that requires for individuals to classify themselves under “race” and “ethnicity” on surveys. That is just proof of how deeply ingrained it is the minds of the population, and in the American culture.
But we need to remember that culture does not make people. People make culture! Hence, culture is not to blame. It is time that people start understanding the true meaning behind the words they use, and choose to use them appropriately and reasonably. Word is power, and it can clearly have a significant impact on a whole nation. Yes we are all different, and some differences are noticeable at first glance. There is nothing wrong about being different and having differences with one another. We are all unique. There is also nothing wrong in finding groups of people that you feel closer connected to because of common characteristics and shared interests. I mean, I am not going to join a golf club and mingle with golfers if I am not interested in golf! It is great to know who you are, and be proud of your legacy and lineage. But careful there, because that does not mean that you are better or worse than anybody else.
‘Racism’ is the belief that one race is superior or inferior to another. Semantically – and I want to emphasize that this is strictly based on semantics – most human beings are racist because most human beings believe that the human race is above any other race on the phase of the earth! In other words, if you believe that you are superior to other animals, you are racist – based on the true meaning of the word. What I have also noticed is that people tend to use the words prejudice and racism interchangeably. This is another semantic fallacy. Prejudice: when you don’t like cats even though you have never seen a cat in your entire life. Makes a lot of sense to judge blindly, right?
We need to start removing the word ‘race’ from our language, rewiring today’s society and the next generations to think differently – the same way that we changed the way we looked at the Planet Earth. The human species cannot and should not be categorized into different races. Yes, there are a vast number of ethnicities, cultures, subcultures, groups, etc. but they all belong under the same category – they all fall under the same big umbrella. Now, if you feel an intense or irrational dislike or fear for people from other countries, you are xenophobic and not a racist. I suggest you get that checked. Maybe therapy would be beneficial for you, since it is not good to live in fear. And if you simply hate other people due to irrational reasons you may have constructed in your own mind, well… then you are something that has not been defined yet, apart from an entitled ignorant.