THE IRONY OF RACISM

 black and white silouettes with words on top talking about the irony of racism.

THE IRONY OF RACISM

The irony of racism is that we all descended out of Africa from a single female who walked the earth 150,000 to 234,000 years ago. Scientists call her Mitochondrial Eve and she was the many-many-greats grandmother of every person currently living on the planet. Which means that, however distant, every human being on the planet is actually related.  Skin color is purely the result of adaptation to the environment through time, carried on via DNA, continuously being homogenized when one set of DNA met another.  After all, it’s just color, easily blended. In humans, the variation between races isn’t indicative of major differences in DNA. If you take any random two humans, their DNA generally varies by less than 0.1%. We are largely the same throughout because we are all of the human race.

Skin color has no bearing on who a person is, other than that imposed upon him or her by society. So when someone claims they are superior or more valuable simply because of the color of their skin, doing so shows an ignorance that shouldn’t exist in the 21st century.  As the human race becomes even more homogenized, we’ll move past something as foolish as judging people by skin color.  But at the moment, the powers that be are trying, quite effectively I might add, to divide us, because dividing us allows them to hold on to power and resources.

A new 2017 FBI report shows a spike in U.S. hate crimes of about 17%, meaning 7175 hate crimes and those were only the ones that got reported. This is the third year in a row the FBI has reported a steep increase.  Although hate crimes encompass religion, sexual orientation, gender bias or disability bias, fully 59.6% were motivated by hatred over race or ethnicity. Is this really the America we want to be? We are all human beings. We need to stand up against such vile tactics. Let’s not let them use race to divide us.  @blueravenartist