I want people to have a different perspective on what causes racism,...... not the traditional "they are evil" , "they want power" or "we are better"......this is the only truth!!!
Racism will never end unless we think of it along the same lines as expressed in my essay :
*_W.E.B Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcom X all relied on religion to fight racial prejudice. I suggest we use Evolution instead. Read below to understand why._*
*The Black Evolution*
*How Evolution could serve the darker races better than Christianity/Religion*
_Original writings: Gugu James Fuyana_
Evolutionâ€™s message has been hijacked by racists, casting it as purporting to the inferiority of the darker races. This is analogous to the devil using scripture to preach his message. Religion has been used to profess the equality of the races before god but has always been a tool for those what would oppress in godâ€™s name. More damaging is the fact that, inherent in any religion are subtle representations that our evolved unconsciously influenced mental algorithms would deduce as pronouncing racial inequality. Through the Origin of the Species penned by Charles Robert Darwin in 1859 and in many other great works since, it has become sufficiently clear that all organisms were descendants of a single common unicellular ancestor.
The not so subtle fundamental about evolution is that all human beings are multicellular biological organisms, animals, mammals, primate apes to be exact. ALL. Without any regard to skin color we are all animals that struggle to survive and reproduce. Through DNA we are all provided with statistically similar build-a-human-kit. We all are phenotypic projections for our genotype, carrying the replicative information thatâ€™s passed on to our offspring from one generation to the next. I argue that racism is a tool for reproductive success used to tip the scales in sexual selection.
In fact anything that human beings, along with every other species, do that manifests itself as a widespread phenomenon or more specifically a common behavior trait has to have a reproductive benefit. The end game in all organisms is survival towards reproduction. Some have always said that everything we do, we do to the glory of god. I say that everything we do, we do to the maximization of our reproductive success. Racism is not the end in itself but is a procedural and statistical tool that humans incorporate in the everyday arsenal to further the propagation of their genes.
So we are all equal under Evolution. So why has the message been hijacked by racists elements for so long. Chants of monkey, baboon, chimps and banana jokes. The subtle or at times overt implication has been that only the dark skinned peoples bear a relationship with lower primates. The truth is that all humans are not only descended from primates, we are primates. The fundamental Judeo-Christian view has been that god created man in his present form replete with all the racial differences. One has to wonder why god would create different races all in his â€œsame imageâ€. This specialness of the human species has been hijacked by racists into the specialness of some races and tribes. Evolution on the other hand says all human races evolved over millions of years from one common ancestor with all the primates- chimps, gorillas, monkeys and orangutans. Evolutionary biology has shown that the genetic differences in the races is <0.1%. The differences in the races has largely been due to the different environments that human races experienced after the great migration from Africa within the last 100000 years and this separation did result in genetic pooling of different phenotypes.
This according to Jared Diamond in his book Guns, germs and steel resulted in some communities slowly developing farming earlier spurring their development into larger organized societies. The present apparently skewed development of the different continents is a geographical legacy and not an intelligence disparity legacy. Read this book.
Accepting that we are all evolved creatures and products of natural and sexual selection has the following racial implications,
1) We all unconsciously aim to survive to at least reproductive age and beyond for good measure or more specifically to increase our resultant offspringâ€™s reproductive success. We consciously aim to live a long happy life. What ultimately drive organisms are the unconscious aims but they usually tie up nicely with conscious motivations.
2) On reaching this stage/age we all have evolved the ability to fulfill this reproductive duty: unless of course, you have mechanical issues). Every human being and really every organism without serious developmental issues has mating intelligence. This means that you have within your mental capacity the evolved ability to achieve the ultimate goal of your life. That goal as stated above is to survive and reproduce. Butterflies, cats, dogs, bats, crocodiles, cockroaches and humans all have this innate ability to grow and seek out mates. Your only impediment is death or competition from others in your species.
3) We are all in competition with others to fulfill this reproductive duty. Most evolutionary psychologists teach that there is a separate inter sexual competition. I believe we are all in competition.
4) Our lives as complicated and long storied (work, school, baseball, football, business meetings, political campaigns, churchâ€¦..) as they are just the lifecycle towards reproduction.
5) Anything we do is towards maximizing our reproductive success. This is unconscious in origin and does sometimes emerge to consciousness. The reason it is all unconscious is because you have to appreciate that an organisms that has so much vested in reproduction would give as much unconscious credence to reproductive psychological mechanisms as to the beating of the heart and the pump of the lungs.
6) All five points above combine to say that in racial relations we will use racism to unconsciously further our reproductive success and denigrate/cooperate with other races in a bid to eliminate competition.
7) Women do select for high value males so as to increase the survival and reproductive success of their offspring. So males will use racism to increase their apparent value. Females will use racism to denigrate the physical attractiveness of the other races. What racism does is to eliminate the competition and monopolize the mating pool.
8) We are descendants of individuals whose success in mating was predicated on what Robert L Trivers once argued as the unconscious deception. Human beings have to stay ahead of the competition within our species and deception was very critical. If you could deceive the next person on your true motives and movements you reaped survival and reproductive benefits. Even more effective than this would be the ability to unconsciously deceive myself. Thatâ€™s why the most effective racism is unconscious and subtle. Most racism has very reasonable objective explanations to shield its true nature.
Most racism is not verbally communicated but is transmitted by body language, coughs, laughs, sneezes. There is a great deal of unconscious complicity in racism which is how in most situations workplace and high school cafeterias end segregated. One has to appreciate that we evolved from organisms that could not talk to communicate but used a variety of other communication means. These other communication means have settled to the back-burner after we evolved language but are still operating mostly unconsciously. It is easy for someone to toe the line in his verbal communication appearing to be using non-prejudicial language when the rest of his evolved communication is unconsciously communicating racial undertones. The proof of this is in the pudding.
Another critical point about language is that it is not what it appears to be to almost all humans alive today. Language is a complicated coded system of communication. The words that you use rarely every serve one purpose in your daily here-and-now situation. Reading Dr Haskell book, Unconscious meaning in everyday language will open you up to the mysterious world of loaded language.
Language is a deceptive tool. We say more that we could ever imagine in our daily talk. What appears innocent is rarely that. A cigar is never just a cigar Mr. Freud. This is why you will notice that when there is a majority white group of people with maybe one or two black person in a group these words will always be said; chocolate, dark, night, color, black, coffee, I canâ€™t see, snickers, stickers, lazy, shit, bullshit, crap, back, running back, basketball, welfare, south, crave, right, nine, pickers, pick, helpâ€¦â€¦
I know you might say hey these are common words, everybody uses them. True. Thin is I can predict that in any groping of people in room with majority white and some black individuals, you will hear the word shit a controlled 20 minute span. Take random groups of ten people place 10 whites only in a group and another homogenous black group of ten. Then make other random groups of mixed races. Interesting stuff will happen. What may seem as ordinary language will have unconscious meanings related to hear and now racial mix. Lets say you have 7 white and three blacks. One person in the group might just suddenly tell a Snow-white and the 7 dwarfâ€™s story or a three musketeerâ€™s story. The stories will use specific numbers to convey this message. Usually the natural group leaders are the ones that effectively transmit this message. This is all unconscious.
This is critical from the standpoint that on the surface you might have a relatively happy racial mix but subtle messages are being transmitted. Thatâ€™s why its important to realize that racism is not a thought or a free will choice but a deeply ingrained unconscious psychological mechanism. Its important to relieve the burden from the prejudiced race in this regard. Most people wonder how you can pretty much get along with other racial groups on the surface but still feel the need to bond with your own race.
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