HOMOGENIZED: verb: to blend (diverse elements) into a mixture that is the same throughout.
At present, we’re discussing race. But instead of talking about how we can improve things regarding racial bias and inequality, the idea of race itself is being used to divide us and make us distrust and even hate each other. This tactic is used by every autocrat who seizes and holds on to power. In sociology, it’s called “creation of the enemy.” This administration is stoking racism as a tactic to roil up his base so they’ll outnumber the rest of us when we go to the polls in November. We can’t let him win this one.
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 for now, we need to make sure that we, who are aware of what’s happening, show up, speak out, and above all, VOTE, to tamp down this autocrat’s power. Let’s not let them use race to divide us. Progressives unite; push forward.