The Genetics of Racism

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The Definition of Racism according to Rodric

Racism is the conscious and deliberate exclusion and/or persecution of a group or class of human based on physical features and/or origin by an individual or group. Racism is an act to which ANY class of humanity can subscribe given the opportunity.

I take full responsibility for this definition; and I have included it because of the suggestion of enthusiastic and respectable opinion of other writers. There may be other definitions that explain racism better , but I haven't the time or desire to list any of them other than my own.

The majority of the crimes committed in America are by Whites!

The author of an article I reviewed thinks so; and he issued a link in response to my comments siting a website to justify the statement and to prove the point that White people are subconsciously teaching racism to each generation.

This Author infers that White middle class epitaphs and cultural norms vilify anything associated with minorities, specifically Blacks of African heritage, that differ from the majority White Culture.

This Author proposes that the racist psycho-social indoctrination is involuntary, as stated before, written in the DNA of the White population, a condition that cannot be helped. This Author insisted that Whites should attempt to destroy the machination of indoctrination supported for generations within the White community.

The fellow Author suggests that what the Hispanic George Zimmerman, charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, represented to the Black community when he killed Trayvon Martin, because of this genetic racist subconscious behavior etched in the DNA, is the epitome of White racism! He represented the oppressive White populace destroying the unsuspecting Blacks of African heritage.

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White People are genetically racist.

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I think that I have summed up the idea of this perspective, which I admit I do not grasp whether it is based on inference, research, a blending of both or none of the mentioned.

I will attempt to give a fair response to this new creed of racial complexity.

I advise the reader to keep an open mind as this may prove mentally taxing to carve through what I perceive the Opposing Author intended and compare it with what I perceive in actuality exists.

I submit that my conclusions are my own and invite others to expound upon any deficiencies in my assertions.

Whites commit the most crimes. They are just better at avoiding capture.

The suggestion that most criminality conducted in the United States occurs among Caucasians despite the percentage of minorities incarcerated in proportion to population is in review. My colleague suggest that minorities are discriminated against and blamed for the crimes Caucasians commit.

It is a statistical truth that the number of Americans claiming European descent grossly outnumber any other group in the United States. The sheer numbers alone should be enough to make that assertion truth, right?

The author then asserts that criminal elements in the White community, if there is such a community, does not appear in the statistical data because European criminals are subtle enough to avoid incarceration. This is a point that I cannot argue because there is no data to stipulate the number of people of European descent who commit crimes without capture.

The entire argument is now based on an assumption related to a perception of what might exist if data were available about European criminology in America--the type of information extent on American criminals in a poverty ridden area.

This information may never exist. I cannot dispute or support it; therefore, it does not exist as a logical premise upon which to assert anything other than whimsy at least! It appears that my colleague has produced a logical fallacy.

Playing a numbers game we may assume that Europeans commit the most crimes being the most numerous group. It is an assumption whether it appears logical or not--one that cannot be argued. So the argument becomes an assumption rather than a theory making the conversation philosophical.

This view, unfortunately supports another assumption. Since most of the people incarcerated are Latinos and Blacks then these groups are intellectually inferior. If Whites are too intelligent and avoid capture, what other conclusion could exist than Blacks and Latinos lack intelligence to avoid capture; therefore, inferior to Whites intellectually?

The troubling thing about this person's premise is it is more racist! The racism is shrouded in a cloak of mysterious support of unfounded opinion, hidden in his message--maybe even from that author!

By making excuses for the reason Blacks are the most incarcerated group in America, the opposing opinionist also implies by association that Blacks are the most stupid race in America.

It Cannot Be Proven Beyond Opinion, Seeming Based on Racism.

From the quietness of responses otherwise, suggesting a group of people is no better than another based on the assumption that they commit most of the crimes but subvert attempts to capture is perpetually flawed and unsupported. I cannot say it is untrue, but I can say I see no proof to support it.

Also, the idea that people denigrate themselves by referring to their ethnic group as beneath another ethnicity and debases that other ethnicity in order to teach the lesson that all are alike have strong psychological challenges culturally that hopefully will not pass to the next generations--seeing as how we are aware of it

How can a person produce equality by dragging another person down? Should it not happen that that person should lift himself up?

The answer to the first question is that it never works to pull people down to create equality. It only makes both parties worse. The second question, to lift people up...YES! Always...!

Europeans have a genetic disposition for Racism

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I address the belief that Caucasians further referred to as Europeans have a genetic disposition for Racism. According to Frank Snowden Jr., it is a myth.

Snowden (1970, 1983, 1992, 1995) suggests in his analysis of intergroup relations in ancient time found evidence that Europeans and Africans associated culturally in trade and business without discriminatory reference to pigmentation or other physical distinctions.

Were there some genetic disposition for racism, evidence of its presence would show in the annals of Greek and Roman society.

I support the refutation that the determination that genetics render Europeans helpless to function without racist behavior and further extend that the action of Europeans in the recent history of humanity reflect a tactical advantage for slavery by infusing religious norms as justification to enslave other humans for profit, which evolved into a cultural practice.

Christianity interpreted by the European converts introduced a basis for the eventuality of the concept of the inferiority of non-Europeans—including the inferiority of the Hebrews who founded Christianity. The very God of Christianity is a Jew!

Though, in fairness, the Europeans who converted to this new form of Judaism, Christianity reconstructed Jesus to look like them. It made it easier to accept the religion. That is a different issue however.

White people have no more of a disposition to racism genetically programmed in their DNA than have Black people genetically programmed towards slavery.

Better yet, White people are no more Hockey players than Black people are Basketball player.

Yet still, White people no more eat mayonnaise than Black people eat chicken,

One more, White people are not all rich as not all Black people are poor!

How may of these generalizations did you recognize? Do you think we are genetically programmed as ethnic groups to certain feelings, beliefs and foods?

Fun Quiz: How is your Culture.

The Individual is a different story,

An individual can have a disposition that favors certain stimuli; however, there are complex experiences and emotions, intellectual and spiritual experiences that occur to provide information for a person to process and evaluate before he or she decides to embrace a genetic disposition towards inclusion and exclusion--that we all have--to the level of excluding a group based on looks and origin.

All have the genetic disposition of exclusion and inclusion. It is called family and friendships. Individuals must learn to take discrimination further than that to include hate.

Religion is the Culprit not Genetics!

Or rather the false interpretation of religion is the source of the racism in America and other places, not genetics. A person may posses the disposition towards prejudices genetically, but not the inherent desire to formulate prejudices towards a particular ethnicity or race.

Racist behaviors is just that, a behavior! Behaviors are the product of nurture which can be enhanced by predispositions towards general prejudices.

Genetics does not determine if a person becomes racist; however, it does determine a predisposition towards discriminatory behavior. Dispositions, however are not an inevitability.

A disposition can be latent or benign and manifest itself in other behaviors of an individual with such leanings to become an artist, lawyer, judge, doctor or name whatever profession that calls for discriminate tastes.

Racism is a complex set of behaviors that include many differing aggravating and mitigating circumstances. Racism projects towards a group rather than individual people--detesting the idea of a group of people sharing similar physical characteristics. Racism is a learned association not a genetic inevitability.

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Do we have a choice if we are racist? Are we to blame for having racist views?

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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

Nice hub.

One of my conclusions has always been that people are naturally prejudice to a certain extent. Just the fact that someone looks different causes people to isolate or resent that person. But, through education, meaning that people need to be taught to respect others; and the education that comes from being around other races, those instincts can be eliminated.


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Sirus Hunt 4 years ago from Indiana

That author had the most ironic stance on racism. As one of the elements of racism includes believing a race acts a certain way based on skin color, this guy is basically racist against whites, what with thinking they have different genes than everyone else.


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Davesworld 4 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

An infant's brain is very busy assimilating visual images into patterns, or templates, for future use. One of those sets of templates is face recognition. Exposed to only white or black or asian faces, the infants brain quickly develops a sense of normal when it comes to recognizing others of its own kind. So we have a natural aversion to different races based on what we decided was "normal" when we were very very young.

But that is about the extent of what can be determined to be biological when it comes to racism - people of other races look different and don't fit the template in your brain developed when you were a babe in arms. Beyond that point, racism is learned behaviour and can also be un-learned. I was raised to be a racist, but have tried - and for the most part successfully I believe - to undo that training.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

I think I will reserve my comment only to say very interesting article! Your a good writer!


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Davesworld, I applaud you for you ability to overcome some of the behavioral issues you were able to overcome regarding race. I was not reared with racism being overtly taught, but there was an underlying current in the community. It has to be unlearned, and it is hard. I spoke to my son about it the other day and he told me what he likes about being Black is his ability to write on himself (dark complexion people will get that) and hide at night blending in to the darkness, he is really dark! I almost cried because he does not have the prepared statements that I was drilled, I am Black and I'm Proud or the ilk. He loves his color for practical reasons and he is a teenager. I am glad that his color does not define him. At his age, my color was what I was. It took years for me to become an individual.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I wanted to laugh about it, but then felt concern when I realize that people seriously think that way. I remember being at football practice and one of the upperclassmen referred to a Black political leader as making a racists statement by saying Black people cannot be racist. I was a freshman and that sounded wrong. One of my buddies spoke up, a fellow underclassman and said that racism is not just a White person's problem, but anyone could harbor those ills. He happens to be White. He quieted the upperclassman who happens to be Black.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I cannot say that what you say here is wrong just ill-conceived. Davesworld gave a good explanation of what occurs to help people develop behaviors that can be racist but are not necessarily racist.

Noticing that a person is dark is not racist. Being afraid of a dark person is not racist. Knowing about dark people and being familiar with dark people culture and still deciding to hate and discriminate them in full knowledge to me is racism.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Interesting article may I ask you what are your thoughts on racial separatism some black people say that separatism is not racism it's survival there's a difference. Well there right that yes there is a difference but that dosent make it survival.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Samowhamo, there is not simple answer to your question. Depending on the group of people I speak of, society will justify or ridicule the answer. If I say that separatist ideas as ideal for Jews, them most people agree and site the formation of Israel as the proper thing to have done after WWII. If I say White Germans, then it is taboo.

I like the idea of inclusion. I personally would not support a exclusionary idea society based on race. I would not infringe on another person's right to harbor those ideas as long as it does not involve the forced relocation of any person who does not wish it or does not involve harming any person or group of people.

Thank you for commenting and reading.


Black Skin 3 years ago

Black skin would protect white men from black sin.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Just curious what do you think about black supremacist groups like the Nation of Islam and other such groups who talk about separatism and making white people (and in some cases other non-black people) out to be less then human.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Samohamo, thanks for commenting and asking the question. I am against any, ANY form or racism by ANY person no matter the race. I am not yelling when I capitalize, I am using it for emphasis. Genetically there is no differences between people that matters.

We are all one race, human. Just like other species, we come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Right now, being Caucasian is apart of the dominate culture the world over--Westernization we call it. Everyone touched by Western culture defines him or herself in relation to it.

Those Black egomaniacs who tout Black power and consider others less than human are have evil intent in their hearts and are not pleasant people to be around. I have had to endure racist people my entire life, and I tolerate it because people have the right to their view.

The moment those people elected to harm in anyway a person because of those views it is time to--Attack!

I hate prejudice and racism. I have compassion in my heart for them as disillusion people with mental disorders sometimes. I have family members into Black separatist ideas but most of them are not lucky for me. Many of us have married people of other ethnicities. I say to hell with racism. Ain't nobody got time for that! I

know I don't!


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I have heard that myself that genetically there is no such thing as race and that all humans are the same I sometimes think the governments of the world should make it mandatory to teach that in school that there is no such thing as race. Some people think its ignorant even racist to believe there is no such thing as race well I don't care what those people think I still think it should be taught that genetically race does not really exist I mean what good is it to believe in race when all it causes is hatred and ignorance between other people.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Something else that really bothers me is that some black people judge all or most white people without even knowing them. There was this one woman who said (white people can't be trusted they can't be our allies what could they possibly understand about our liberation when all they understand is oppression) what happened to what Martin Luther King said not to judge people by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I even came across this website once called I Hate White People.com I don't know if it still exists or not though.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Racism is an ugly way that insecure people use to make themselves feel better about themselves. Let out you frustration and air it to the world! You are not being rude about it, just feed up!

I too am at that point. I am so blessed that none of my friends are racist. I have had friends who were racist against every Black but me. We had to end the friendship.

I get tired of that also. I get tired of the angry Black man. Take a Prozac and meditate for a minute! What are we angry about? Why can't we just solve the issue like other groups do? It is a frustration situations.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Just curious do you agree with Bill Cosby says in his Pound Cake Speech. There was this one man who said and I quote (Bill Cosby is a comedian who cares what he says he is taking it out on the victims this nation will never accept us as citizens this white nation America the most corrupt nation in the history of the world.) What is your opinion on what Bill Cosby says and what this guy says.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I do agree with many of the things that Bill Cosby mentions in the his speech, but I do not agree with the way that he delivered it. I think that it was wasted on the audience to some degree and fodder for racist Whites to hang over the heads of Blacks when opportunity presents itself. Cosby had good intentions and I was standing on my feet in agreement as he gave it--caught up in the excitement because what he says rings true.

I also see the point of the other person. White people cannot accept current attitudes of Blacks who are racist and hate-filled. I don't and I am Black. The only thing that Blacks are the victim of is mental self-slavery. We have no real connection to slavery it happened so long ago. I mean, we have no grandparents that were slaves who are still living or any person who remembers it. It will take about six generation for Blacks as a group to completely emotionally detach from slavery and the recent institutional racist past of America in my estimation. What Blacks are working to get over is the Civil Rights Movement atrocities and the Jim Crow laws. I am still incensed by the way White people treated my people in the South and other places. The Whites did not stop until Blacks started fighting back. These things still happen in places like parts of Idaho I am told.

Some Whites will never accept Blacks. The vast majority have though. If it were not for White people Blacks would still be slaves. If it were not for White people, Blacks would still be in Africa and only be enslaved to each other as it were. White people need to watch themselves not to become as entitled as the Black people who feel that way. Whites patting themselves on the back for setting the Blacks free should not assume that Blacks will give their descendants a parade. That already happened, it is in the past.

Whites should realize the Blacks still have living and breathing Blacks from the Civil Rights era where firehoses were turned on them ripping the flesh away and dogs were turn on them tearing at the flesh. My mother witnessed these things and she is almost seventy years old. Black people are not going to detach from that any time soon, including me. BUT, I am not going to hate White people for it. That is just stupid behavior. My mom doesn't hate White people, maybe the people who were racist towards her--I don't know.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Well thankfully I am not a racist white person I don't want to be racist I try not to be racist I want to be a better person then that and not hate people just because of their race or skin color there is way too much hate among the human race already.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Do you agree that racism is still a serious problem in this country as some black people believe.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I do, but is a problem for all groups.

As long as we see each other as different races instead of the same race with different colors there will be problems. I know that I have racist views and feelings that I struggle to conquer just because of the culture I grew up with in the South.

I learn to compartmentalize in my mind so that I am never offensive to others, but I try to evaluate my behavior and thoughts from the day. I am sad about it sometimes and others times I am glad. Each day is new. I hope that I did not transfer my racist habits culturally to my children. Maybe racist is a strong word; prejudice is better.

My White third grand teacher taught me in a very embarrassing lesson before our entire class that Blacks and Whites don't mix. That lesson stayed with and stays with me because she said it and I believed her because she was the teacher.

I learned it was just her opinion latter when I went to high school. It took years for me to get comfortable around White people enough to have normal relations. I still struggle with it at times when new people come along who are White or appear White. I just push the feelings out of my mind and treat them the way I would like them to treat me, with respect.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

There are plenty of other racist people besides backs and whites. For example there was this girls whom I am pretty sure was Asian she said and I quote (whites don't like Asians they just use them for money like how black men use white women for money) sounds racist to me.


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willbelove 3 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

All racism is bad Sam, it destroy our unity. I am commenting from another profile, but this is Rodric29. I have other profiles for other media. Anyway, I continue to hold that any racism in any degree hurts us as all levels ultimately.


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

I see racism in all races that I know well enough. Many Blacks and Whites are extremely racist. It is so deep that I think anyone with eyes and ears can say that it is downright evil. When most Blacks and Whites pass each other, they stare hateful daggers, turn their heads in sheer disgust, or make a point to noticeably ignore each other. Then, they go to their separate churches and praise the Lord! Their behavior is generally so backwards and impish. We cannot ignore the fact that there are many decent Blacks and Whites who do not need good behavioral training.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

It devolves upon the decent people to make changes and do so in a positive manner so that racism is kept in the gutters where it belongs instead of the middle of the streets of social life.


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S Leretseh 3 years ago

"The majority of the crimes committed in America are by Whites."

Extremely misleading, tho I hv seen countless times blacks quote the above. Blacks are 13% of US population; whites make up about 72%. I'v done very extensive research on the history of the black race, including crime. Couple points. 1) The predatory crimes of robbery and murder, going all the back to the 1950s (when the federal gov't statistical abstracts began breaking crime down by race) blacks hv been arrested for more than 50% of these crimes (murder & robbery) in every contiguous year from 1956 to the 2012. As for rape, between 1956 and 2000, blacks were arrested for 44 to 50% in this crime category. In 2010 blacks were arrested for 33% of all rapes. Between 1980 and 2010, white females were the majority of the black male rape victims. Of course, prior to the 1960s, white males NEVER would hv tolerated this. Separate living arrangements for black and white did keep many a white female from suffering this (rape) fate.

2) Remember, the predatory crimes of rape, robbery and murder force people to change their mode of living i.e. bars on the windows, cast-iron steel reinforced gates as front doors, bullet proof glass, no ATM machine in the community, etc. And where does one find cast-iron front doors, bullet proof glass separating merchant from customer, bars on the windows, no available ATM machines (except in police stations)? Of course, in black communities.

It hasn't gone unnoticed…that virtually all wealthy blacks abandon the black community (e.g. Opra, Kobe Bryant, M. Jordon, Quincy Jones, LeBron James, EVEN racist Jeremiah Wright) for the white community. This behavior from wealthy blacks is consistent all over the country. But WHY do they all move into white communities? Because white racism is a MYTH. It’s also much safer.

Blacks, though their predatory crime stats. are proportionately much higher than other male groups when one considers their small percent of US population, no one should conclude they are criminal by nature. American blacks are in a political /economic system that was not created by them...nor for them. There was no constitutional right to integration. Blacks received from white legislators (1964, ‘65 & ‘68) what they remonstrated for: across-the board INTEGRATION (and with NO QUID PRO QUO!!! WOW)

Only white Christian Americans ...in ALL of human history ... faced such an INTEGRATION plea from another male group. And ONLY white Christians in all of human history granted another people across-the board integration rights. There was NO historic racism from white people directed at blacks in America from 1865 to 1964. White people demanding to live separate from the Negro race - a distinct people - was consistent with American history as well as human history.

The Negro’s plea for integration, which began in earnest around 1960, was in fact something unprecedented in the annals of human history (it was entirely orchestrated by White Liberals), and was also the Worst-case scenario manifesting for most Americans. The Negro race was supposed to live within the structure and confines of its own group. The constructs of human history and, indeed, human nature, dictated this reality. This separation (from 1865 to 1964) was expected to give the Negro race the necessary opportunity to develop their own way of life, their own distinct culture and, most importantly, their own status environments (the creation of their own political & economic arenas), which would give them a feeling of self-reliance and empowerment over the lives of their people. However, by pleading for integration it clearly signaled – to the Americans – the Negro race was now prepared, and ultimately became very determined, to abandon their human requirement to be a self-reliant people (something they never did accomplish in their entire history on the American continent).

Compulsory integration has proven to be a complete failure. Only one avenue left... American blacks MUST be masters of their own destiny...so they can LEARN how to be self-reliant --rather than continuing to rely on guilt-tripping nonsense to persuade another people to be their providers.

Overall, I was disappointed in how this Hub was written. The mere suggestion of DNA being responsible for hostile racial attitudes, is patently ridiculous. Also, the author of this hub fails to define “racism”. The word has hybrid meanings today.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

S Leretseh, thanks for posting on my hub, but I am not sure you read it all the way through or you would not have felt a need to give your comment in the manner that you did.

My entire hub is about racism NOT being genetic but a learned behavior. Also, I define racism at the end, but the purpose of my hub was not to define racism per se. I wrote the hub with educated people in mind who would already have an idea of racism formulated in their heads.

I could have been more clear in my wording and I think it is time to update this article, but I am sure that we agree from your writing. I choose not to put my words the way you do.


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samowhamo 2 years ago

Some people say its ignorant to disbelieve in race and some even say that its just as racist to disbelieve in race as it is to believe in racial supremacy. How is it ignorant to disbelieve in race and how is it racist. There is no such thing as race genetically we are not different enough to be considered different races and that's a fact and there is no ignorance or racism. I would venture to say that its more racist to believe in race than to disbelieve in it.


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S Leretseh 2 years ago

"The Definition of Racism according to Rodric"

Roderic, you are actually defining what most people call racial discrimination. However, an important point needs to be made here. Prior to 1964 blacks did not "suffer' from discrimination per se. What they faced was a completely normal human condition called Historical Group Recognition (HGR). In other words, throughout human history male groups created their own status environments and reserved entry into these environments for members of their own male group (males racially, linguistically and religiously similar). Blacks also practiced HGR prior to 1964. Few examples: 1) all Negro- owned business typically only employed Blacks; 2) Negro baseball only employed Blacks; 3) Pullman Porters (96% Black); 4) Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (1925 to 1964), all Black leadership. HGR created ALL the racial and ethnic group on planet earth prior to 1964. This fact is of vital importance! So white Christians MUST not be condemned or criticized PRIOR to 1964, since they were just practicing the social mores of the times - indeed throughout human history. In other words, blacks were NOT wronged in nay way because white people insisted on a color line. There were no laws against a color line in the US, and the social mores of of times required it. Blacks were a COMPLETELY FREE PEOPLE after 1865. In the early 60s, black chose integration.


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Rodric29 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

This is an interesting perspective that you point out. However, what is your definition of free. Free from slavery? Free from discrimination? Free to move about the country without fear of being lynched?

Blacks wanted the same freedom that Whites had. I see your point because now both Blacks and Whites are no longer free to move about the country and go where they please without the fear of some person harboring hate attacking them.

If a White person goes to a poor Black neighborhood, he or she may be attacked and killed. If a Black goes to a racially White part of the US like the pan handle of Idaho or small towns where only Whites live, there is fear of ostracization (yes, I made up a word) or or attack in worst case, but not so much these days.

Black racists are the new threat to America--the new violent threat.


Big E 8 months ago

The dark chocolate tan will protect the white man.

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