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  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago

    Race is one of the most contentious issues in postmodern American society.  Although overt racism is gradually disappearing, it still occurs in covert forms.  Racism is based partly on dominance and fear.  It is also based upon distrust of the unfamiliar and different.  Some people are highly suspicious of those who are different, they are more comfortable with those who are most like them in appearance. Others are afraid of those who are more dominant genetically than they are for they feel in danger of genetic annihilation.  Do you agree with this premise?  Why?  Why not?

    1. Credence2 profile image80
      Credence2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It is human nature to cling to the familiar and comfortable. But civility demands that we rise to a higher plane if we are to survive as a species, homo sapiens. When I look at the big picture and its most insidious manifestations is it is applied to maintain dominance of one group over another psychologically, politically and economically, wherever it is practiced globally.


      1. gmwilliams profile image84
        gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Definitely Credence. Dominant racial groups because of economic power use that power to control the means of economic survival, even socioeconomically subverting less dominant racial groups from achieve their ultimate socioeconomic potential. 

        Also there is genetics, there are racial groups who are more dominant genetically than other racial groups.  Less genetic dominant racial groups, especially those in power, are afraid of the more dominant racial groups because of probable racial annihilation. Less genetic dominant racial groups in power are afraid of this and if in power, will use this power to subjugate more dominant racial groups in myriad ways, especially socioeconomically as that is WHERE the power is. 

        Great answer Credence, continue the discussion.

        1. wilderness profile image97
          wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Can you describe this "genetic dominance"?  Do you simply refer to dominant genes as opposed to recessive, like brown eyes, or something else?

          1. gmwilliams profile image84
            gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and other non-Caucasians are genetically dominant. Caucasians are not genetically dominant.  Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and other non-Caucasian have the capacity to genetically annihilate the Caucasian race.  Part of the underlying context of racism is the Caucasian fear of genetic annihilation on the part of non-Caucasian races.  Racism is in part the urge for genetic survival by Caucasians. 

            That is why there is an increase of many Caucasian nationalist groups in the United States, Europe, and South Africa.  There are Caucasians who believe that their race is being extinct.  They are afraid in the influx of non-Caucasians in the United States, Europe, and South Africa. They believe that they are becoming minorities in their "own lands". It is frightening the rise of such nationalist/racialist groups with its racism and anti-Semitism.  By the way, racism must cease if humankind is to evolve. Race is just an artificial social construct; there is only a HUMAN race no more no less.  Skin color is just variety.

            Thank you for asking Wilderness, happy to respond.  Have a Blessed Day and please continue with the discussion.  I am under the weather and going to get some needed bed rest. 

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              Rad Manposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Source please.

              Any of the groups of people will change if they breed with other groups. 

              Are you saying only Caucasians are racists? Because if that's the case I have news for you.

                Let's be clear that those who think like that are few in number and don't represent the group as a whole.

              True, but human evolution has and will continue to evolve with or without racism.

              I hope you are feeling better.

              1. gmwilliams profile image84
                gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and other non-Caucasians have a higher percentage of melanin than Caucasians in varying degrees.  If a non-Caucasian have children with a Caucasian, the children will be in most cases appear non-Caucasian.  If a dark-skinned Black person has a child with a Caucasian, the former genetic makeup will be dominant in the child.  It is scientific-dominant genes will in most cases override recessive genes.  It is basic biology. Any race, not only Caucasians can be racist if they exercise the means of socioeconomic and other forms of sociopolitical control in a respective society, denying people full socioeconomic and sociopolitical liberties because the latter is considered to be an outgroup. 

                1. aliasis profile image92
                  aliasisposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  Um... "dominance" is probably not the appropriate word here. Unless you're purely talking about dominant vs recessive genes, but I think your message is coming across very differently than you (hopefully) intend. And as far as skin color, it can vary so much, it's possible to find some black people with lighter skin than white people. And it's not really important anyway.

                  Racism still exists in probably every country, and definitely in the United States. I think it will unfortunately take a long time to totally wipe out racism. The fact is that in most Western countries, white people still have a lot of power over other races that bleeds into almost every field. I've noticed that, in America, even people who don't think of themselves as racist generalize and stereotype races.

                  One way to reduce racism, I think, is to promote non-white races in the media. I read a study that white boys often react very positively in terms of self esteem caused by the media, because they have so many great role models who look like them. Girls and non-white kids have fewer strong role models, so it doesn't give them those same positive feelings about what they look like. More than that, if kids can learn to admire role models that aren't their own race or gender, racism/sexism could become less of an issue for them in the future. Anyway, with race, shows and movies might feature one token non-white character, but especially leading roles usually have a white-only casting call. I think media's probably getting a little better, but it's still overwhelmingly white in America, and the fact is, "predominantly white" doesn't really represent America anymore.

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                  Rad Manposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  Hmmmm, you may want to do a little research because light skin colour is nether dominant nor recessive and the children generally have a skin colour somewhere between the parents. In other words no group would absorb the other. If we take 1000 interracial couple and and leave them on an island for a few hundred years none of the original races would be identifiable. If the island was very far north and we left them on the island for thousands of years we'd have very light coloured people.

                  Again, skin colour is nether dominant or recessive and is the result of many genes. As is the nose bridge and the shape of eyes.

                3. wilderness profile image97
                  wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  You're right - the kids will appear non-caucasoid.  They will also appear non-black, with considerably less melanin than the African ancestors that produced the blacks in America.

                  So the kids aren't Caucasian, by definition from the ignorant.  They aren't black by the same definition.  Must be aliens.

            2. wilderness profile image97
              wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Sorry, that is just nonsense.  No race has all "dominant" genes.

              What you are observing is that to many people a mix of races results in a non-Caucasian person, by definition.  Such ignorance is inexcusable today, unless you also want to define the mixed race person as non-negroid, non-oriental and non-everything else.

              Race is, after all, a defined matter based on specific characteristics.  When a mix of characteristics is apparent it does not automatically change the race to non-anything

              And in any case, the "fear" that you refer to can only be applicable to inter-racial marriages.  The back of the bus, stay out of neighborhood crap is a totally separate issue.