something to honk about
Race is a mental construct. It is not real. People originating from different locations on the globe look different. They have different physical characteristics. That is real. However, there are no geographic or genetic delineations between “races” of people.
Furthermore, those physical characteristics do not in any way determine our behaviors or our mental-emotional characteristics. Behaviors and non-physical characteristics are a result of the culture in which we are raised.
Historically, there were stronger associations between geographically related physical characteristics and the culture in which someone was raised. So it was common for those two separate ideas to be lumped together in human perception of a person either similar to us or different from us.
In modern times, there is much greater movement of people in between geographic locations. As we continue to evolve (always ongoing) this breaks down the differences in geographically related physical characteristics as well as differences in cultural upbringing.
Humans are great at putting ideas and observations into categories. This is a practical skill, great for survival. We don’t need to eliminate our habit of putting things in categories. I don’t think we could if we wanted to. We are plenty smart enough, us humans, to have self awareness of categorization and we can choose to exert more self-control over the habit.
Racism stems from the misappropriation of using a person’s physical characteristics to draw conclusions about their cultural behaviors. These are going to blatantly false assumptions because there is no factual or physical link between the two. Which is exactly why racism is both Wrong and Offensive.
Racism still exists. Very much so. But it does not serve the greater good of humanity. It is based on false assumptions and false conclusions.
Excellent transportation of people and ideas is breaking down the barriers that caused racism. But there is no reason for us to wait for it to go away on it’s own as a factor of our evolution. We can combat racism and intentionally eliminate it with education and understanding.
We should do exactly that, because not only is racism wrong and offensive, it is counter to our essential human nature of Togetherness and Unity.
I feel very positive that combating racism is the right thing to do. But how? What are some respectful and constructive ways we can combat racism in our country and in our communities?