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The Genetics of Racism
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.
White People are genetically racist.
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.
- Michael Jordan: I Hated White People - Breitbart
Michael Jordan: I Hated White People
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
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?
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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.
What do you Think?
Do we have a choice if we are racist? Are we to blame for having racist views?
© 2012 Rodric Johnson