“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” – William James
We’ve all been lead to believe that there are separate races of humans on this planet. There is the Black or African race, the Asian or Oriental race, and the Caucasian race. For the last 50 years we’ve been fighting to achieve equal rights for all three races. Wrong. You’ve been lied to in a way so big you can’t even see it. There is ONE race on this planet. The human race. Just us people. One kind, one sort, one type. Not three. Not two. Not four. ONE.
If you give the idea of race ANY critical thought AT ALL it doesn’t hold up. A recent pick to be a Supreme Court Justice was called a hispanic racist. Hispanic is a race? What race are indigenous Americans? Indigenous Australians? Eskimos? Are Arabs and Turks Caucasian or African? My children are referred to as ‘mixed-race’. What the FUCK does that even mean? If they marry other ‘mixed race’ people will their kids be ‘really mixed race’? If they marry Asians and so do their progeny at what point will the resulting kids be Asian again? Jesus Fucking Christ, what kind of malevolent fuck thought this shit up? And why do we still believe it?
Okay, a little simple history here. Thousands of years ago there wasn’t much transportation. Most people lived in small isolated groups so of course of their breeding options were limited. The members of these groups all began to look pretty much alike. The only cross breeding took place with geographically reachable groups, and over time they all began to look alike too. Add in a few natural barriers like mountains, oceans and deserts. Mix in some natural reactions like darker skin where it’s really fucking hot and sunny. Tada, you get groups that look different in different parts of the world. Look different, not are different. This isn’t rocket science. Jeez.
I’m of Northern European heritage. My oldest friend Tony is of African heritage. My wife is of Japanese heritage. He has darker skin, she has darker hair, I have more pink pigment. So what. We’re all three the same HUMAN race with a random collection of HUMAN genes. End of story. It would almost make you laugh it it weren’t so damn tragic.
I want to be super clear here. I am not saying that the world is or should be homogenous. CULTURAL differences are real and should be respected and celebrated. But cultural differences are about what we choose to DO, not what we ARE. I am human. My ancestors played bagpipes and created single malt. My wife is human. Her ancestors developed the code of Bushido. Because these are CHOICES, not MANDATES, I can study and live by Bushido and my wife can drink scotch.
I think this is particularly important because we live in the United States. Our culture is American, a blend of many different influences. My wife has a lot more in common with me than she does with somebody in Japan. Tony and I share most of the same cultural markers and we’d both be equally lost in his ancestral African nation. And yet I hear American born and raised people say “I only date…” or “I would only marry…” someone of their own cultural background. Even though they’ve never been to that country. Really? If you’re a third generation Chinese-American you’d have more in common with a recent Chinese immigrant than you would with the white person you went to kindergarten with? Huh? That is totally fucking insane but that’s the result of thinking that race exists.
I want to be even clearer that I’m not calling for some pie in the sky equality. Affirmative Action and other redress programs are important and I fully support them. But not on RACIAL grounds. African Americans who have been discriminated against should get extra resources. So should the very poor of any cultural background that has historically been institutionally unable to compete fairly. But base it on culture and need, not some made up race crap.
We’ve wasted an inconceivable amount of time and resources fighting each other over what is essentially a giant evil LIE. The Man has convinced us that race is real, that other races are dangerous and different, and more recently that we need to spend a lot of time trying for racial equality. Of course they’re equal since they’re the SAME DAMN THING! While white, brown, black and yellow poor people screw around hating each other we haven’t had time to notice that a very few people seem to fucking own everything. The Man doesn’t want to talk about class and inherited wealth and privilege and fair distribution of resources. That discussion could get real uncomfortable so instead he gets us to talk about something useless. Well, not me. Not any more.
As long as the vast majority of people buy into the bullshit manipulative divisions perpetrated by the man then a few elite people will get to keep all the cool stuff like food and water and sports cars. Race and the resulting racial divide is one of their best tools. Let’s take it away. Police your own language. Notice when you say something that implies there is more than one race. And when you’re asked for your race on any official form, write HUMAN in big fucking letters. That should make the squirrels start to squirm a little bit. Vaya con Dios and Viva la Revolucion.
– Archbishop Angus