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Overcoming Racism's Biological Illusion

Updated on February 28, 2012
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The Constitution

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

- The United States Constitution

For the last several centuries, many individuals have tried to prove that some nationalities are biologically superior to others – claiming that certain people have evolved further than others. This form of thinking is very common, even today, and many people will make statements about black people being athletic, Asians being smart, etc. So the question is presented – are there actually biological differences between people of different “races”?

Throughout history, and even to an extent today, people have tried to biologically prove the superiority of one race over another. Sadly, it has typically been Caucasians claiming that they are superior to individuals of African decent. Because of Darwin and his ideas on evolution, there has been plenty of room for scientists to make claims that one race has evolved to a greater degree than another.

For the longest time many white people considered themselves far more biologically advanced than other races, particularly black people. Thus, when Jesse Owens won the 1938 Olympics, it created confusion for those, especially Germans, who saw white people as superior. This confusion was quickly settled however, when someone made the assumption that black people were stronger because they were less evolved and closer to the “original man” who had to survive in the wild.

In reality, there are no significant biological differences that have been found between people with different colors of skin. There is more diversity between the genes of people of the same ethnicity than there are between people of different ethnic backgrounds. There has been no evidence found to suggest that people of one race are more advanced physically, mentally, or in any other aspect. The main causes affecting wealth, physical abilities, and IQ have much more to do with an individual’s background, and society’s expectations, than the color of someone’s skin or the design of his face.

All of humanity was created equal and is still equal in God’s sight. The only thing keeping us from all being on the same level is humanity itself. We serve a God who loves variety and knew that life would be boring with only one personality type, gender, or color of skin. Thus, once we can reach the point where we realize that our differences are only to make the world more beautiful, and we are all equally made, equally loved, and equally children of God, we will be able to become all that we were intended to be. Once we can live and love like Jesus Christ, prejudices based on color, gender, and nationality, will all disappear.

As Black History Month comes to an end, I hope that you can take a moment to appreciate the powerful and dynamic people who had to fight, overcome prejudice, and even die to help our country live up to its declaration of equality for all. I then hope that you can ponder the wonderful world of diversity that we are a part of.

Will racism ever end? Probably not. Can it end in our lives? Yes. As we develop the selfless love that Christ requests of us, racism in our individual lives can disappear.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      B. Leekley, great points. I agree indeed that many people probably are very ethnocentric despite the teachings of many wise men who suggest an opposite attitude.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Robert, your hub is well put. And the comments points are good, too. I saw a book years ago that was published, if I recall right, in the 1920s and "proved" the inferiority of people from eastern or southern Europe. I once met someone in whose mind there is a hierarchy of human superiority, with people from New Brunswick at the top. I wonder if ethnocentric attitudes are more common than one shared humanity attitudes. The great teachers of wisdom and spiritual growth tended, I think, to have the latter attitudes.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Mark, that is a very good point. Racism is rampant nearly everywhere and with all ethnicities. I mention Caucasians because, being Caucasian myself and often around white people, this form of racism is the one that I have noticed the most. Clearly racism is everywhere and needs to stop on all levels. So yes, not only Caucasians are guilty of racism - but a white person must never use this reasoning to excuse his own racist tendencies.

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      Mark Pitts 5 years ago from United States

      I would respectfully like to suggest that since you are yourself Caucasion, and therrefore that is the culture you have the most exposure to, that you have made a mistak eis saying, "...sadly, it has typically been Caucasions claiming they are superior to individuals of African descent." The Japanese are notorious for their belief in the superiority of their race. The racial violence between the tribes of Africa, such as that between the Hutus and the Tsutsi in Rwanda, the discriminasion of many Phillipino's towards the Negrito minority in that country, and on, and on, and on. Racial, ethnic, cultural, or discrimination of any kind is to be abhorred, but no race should have to accept being singled ouot as the greatest transgressor. That is a mistake made by many today, when political correctness seems to want to dictate shame to this group in order to placate that group.