Lately I can hardly watch the news as I almost want to puke when I hear some of the stories centering around race and racism. Obviously, MANY of the reports are based on POLITICS! And that is what makes me want to PUKE! Does everything in our damned society have to be about politics? Good God GET OVER IT ALREADY! Fact is MOST politicians are criminally insane and say anything to get your votes. And that is what motivates the politician….getting re-elected! He/she doesn’t give one damn about your plight in life nor your life circumstances. It’s time we face REALITY and STOP pretending like those who allegedly represent us give a crap. THEY DON’T!
With that off my chest let me say that when it comes to race certain politicians have a vested interest in keeping the flames of racism afire! They do so for THEIR OWN political gain. In fact, race is a social construct used as a divisive means towards a SELFISH political end. BUT….race is NOT a scientific reality! Did you get that? RACE IS NOT A SCIENTIFIC REALITY!!
Human beings love for everything to be in neat little categories mostly based on our own judgments be they correct or incorrect. This is how we create the divisions that we use to separate us, however, those divisions are ARTIFICIAL! They do NOT exist in reality but only in our little minds! Our divisions work to divide us and keep us divided and when it comes to skin color we discover race is less than skin deep!
Here’s a scientific fact: When it comes right down to it was are ALL ONE COLOR and that color is neither black or white but RED! How’s that? It is the RED blood inside of all of us no matter what our skin color is!!
IF you base your judgments on people based on their outer appearances then you are a superficial human being badly in need of education or re-education! If you really want to know someone you have to look INSIDE them because that is where you find the REAL person. What do we see when we look INSIDE? We see we are all one color, red, and we see that most often the person inside of the person is actually pretty fantastic!
Race is a social construct but what’s that? A social construct is a social concept and it doesn’t necessarily mean that the social concept is correct! Social constructs are also shared ASSUMPTION and anyone who knows anything about assumptions knows that when we ASSUME something we end up making an ASS out of U and ME (ASS-U-ME).
Most scientists today including most Anthropologists and Sociologists along with Biologists agree that the concept of race has no biological meaning and that it is a social construct only. Race categories such as black, white, yellow, red, magenta, psychedelic, whatever……are meaningless and are WEAK marker when it comes to the diversity among modern humans. Not only that but many scientists agree that race actually interferes with our scientific understanding of human genetic diversity. In fact, race is an imprecise proxy for understanding our relationship between ancestry and genetics!
I FIRMLY believe that ALL humans TODAY are HYBRIDS! Notice I said ALL? We are all Homo sapien sapiens and we are all the products of human species interbreeding over the eons. All of the distinct and observable traits of our ancient human ancestors have become homogenized culminating into modern humans, US! And not only that but we human beings are STILL becoming more homogenized as we intermarry and interbreed with people from other cultures who just happen to be of a different color of skin than ourselves. The lines between skin colors are becoming BLURRED even as we speak and THAT is yet another SCIENTIFIC FACT of our modern era!! And, frankly, I can hardly wait until humanity is of mixed skin colors because then we might come to see just how superficial skin color really is and then we can get on with our humanity…ALL OF US.
Something else that we human beings like to do is to engage in the BLAME GAME. We especially like to engage in this SICK game if things are not going so well for us. God forbid that we stand up like REAL adults and take our share of the responsibility for our plights as it is much, much easier for us to blame someone else for our woes than assume our part of the responsibility! And, sadly, RACE has been used and STILL IS today when it comes to who is to blame!!
Now since we are talking about the SICK “blame game” let me see if I have the narrative right…….black people are on welfare and don’t want to work but just want to play the system as my taxes are increased to pay for it all. I’ve heard this absolute BULLSHIT for many years now and the FACT is this is a SOCIAL MYTH and not true at all! Oh yes, SOME people do play the welfare system but SOME of those people are WHITE, SOME are Black, SOME are Red, SOME are pink! FACT is most people on “welfare” are NOT proud of it! In FACT most would be willing to work, get off “welfare.” and regain their self-pride at some point but they can’t because they have few to no job skills, no education, and personal problems that prevent them from holding a job that everyone ignores. Some people are mentally ill and in need of treatment. Some are disabled. Some are elderly with crippling physical conditions and can’t work. And they are ALL from ALL skin colors!
Social MYTHS can be powerful! Powerful for DIVIDING us and for maintaining those divisions. But, those very divisions are based on MYTH meaning NOT FACT! Perhaps what we need to do is to determine the FACTS and set the myths aside because such myths about people do US a disservice, a great disservice! We all claim to want to know truth, well myth is NOT truth. In fact, when it comes to race MOST of these myths are not only unreal but are often outright LIES! If we seriously wish to know truth then how can we base our thinking and behavior on LIES???
I want to conclude with a conversation I had the other day. A really, really stupid conversation, in fact! I was sitting in a group of people when one of them began showing his true colors by stating that “certain people have much in common with apes” (those were his exact words btw). I just couldn’t let that comment go so I DIDN’T!
“Oh…are you referring to Caucasians?” I asked. The guy glared at me with daggers in his eyes and responded by saying, “Well no…duhhhh” with a smart-ass snicker. It was apparent to me just what “certain people” he was referring to and I wasn’t going to let that go! Before this little ignorant smart-ass could say anything more I informed him of the following MORPHOLOGICAL SCIENTIFIC FACTS……………..
“Caucasian people tend to have more body hair than people of other races. The shape of their skulls tend to be more rounded than others. They also tend to have straight hair more so than people of other races. And their lips tend to be small. When it comes to people of African heritage they tend to have well shaped elongated and rounded skulls. They tend to have bigger lips than Caucasians. They also have tight curly hair.”
I could see the ire erupting in the idiot who had made the racist comment LOL. He went from white faced to red faced thanks to that ire I’m sure. But I continued…..
“Apes and monkeys have straight hair and small lips. The morphology of their skulls tends to be rounded rather than elongated. If you known anything about primatology and the morphology of apes then you’d know this but apparently you known nothing at all about such. Oh and you should also known apes are covered in straight hair.”
And then I launched all weapons! “So when it comes to “certain people” who “look like apes” I assume you are speaking of Caucasians and from a morphological point of view and FACT they are the race that shares many of the same features as the Simians.”
And, not holding back, I added, “And btw when you consider the physical morphology of people of African heritage in an evolutionary context there is only one conclusion that can be drawn. And that conclusion is that people of African heritage appear to be the MOST EVOLVED in terms of human evolution morphology….the truly MODERN HUMAN!”
The idiot lost it! He’d met his match! He simply got up and walked away mumbling under his breath and I can only imagine what he was saying LMAO! And then one of the people in the group turned to me and said with a smile, “You just blew that racist White Supremacist right out of the water.” “Good,” I responded, “as that was my full intention!”
Still walking away from me and the group mumbling incoherently I then decided to be BAD 🙂 “If you want we can also discuss primate behavior in comparison to human behavior….” I shouted at him. He stopped, turned and looked at me, and I could not only see the anger but HATE on his face. How sad it must be to live one’s life filled with so much hate. The guy must be absolutely miserable INSIDE most of the time!
Like I said, when we assume something we usually end up making an ASS out of U and ME and that is exactly what this uniformed guy did. And, sadly, that is what many of us do and we need to STOP assuming and START checking out the FACTS and EDUCATE ourselves about those FACTS! Why? Because you will rather quickly discover that the MYTHS do NOT support the FACTS!!
In FACT despite the color of our skins we are all RED PEOPLE! We all have red blood flowing through our veins. We all have hopes and goals. We all have aspirations and disappointments. We all want joy in our lives and PEACE in our lives. We all want to be accepted and respected. And, most importantly, we ALL WANT TO BE LOVED by others. Thus, those things that REALLY matter should serve to UNITE us and those things that seek to divide us should be set aside.
We can have the conversation about race in this country and I say let that conversation begin with busting through those IGNORANT MYTHS that we’ve used to ASS-U-ME so many erroneous things about others AND about OURSELVES!
Let the conversation begin……………………….
Oh one other thing I want to set a lot of people straight on regarding another FACT: In terms of Human and Simian evolution humans along with the gorillas, etc are considered the “Great Apes.” That is all of us not some of us! And additionally, humans did NOT COME FROM APES! We shared a COMMON ANCESTOR with the Simians long, long ago before Humans and Apes split along the evolutionary pathway! And we don’t know what that common ancestor looked like at all because we haven’t found evidence of it….yet!! But, I bet when we do find evidence (fossil remains) of that common ancestor a lot of us might just get one REALLY BIG surprise! Just want to set the record straight!!