Hello ATS community.
As you all know, recently and for as long as I can remember, race has been a very touchy subject here on ATS. Normally conversations on this topic
are filled with vitriol and keeping these conversations civil is trying to ask a fish to live out of water.
Asking this of humans in today’s 21st century PC world is, quite difficult, almost impossible to do on the best of days, with the best of people.
Today I propose an experiment. I will be discussing a multitude of different opinions on race. These opinions are hardly my own, (well some of them
are as I agree with the differing sides.) they are taken from various staff members who assisted me in formulating my ideas and some members from the
boards over the last few years of me being here.
A few conspiracy theory angles will also be presented just to add flavor.
Allow me to begin with my personal thoughts on race and it’s place in our current society, I will the move on to each individual opinion that I’ve
gathered and want to discuss.
Race Is Non-Existent – We Are All Members of the Race of Man
The color of your skin, in no way determines whether or not you are a human being. Placing labels on people and calling it race, based on skin color
is an exercise in insanity and must be discouraged to the fullest extent of our freedom of speech.
Everything else is cultural differences, or ethnic differences, brought on by the environment your ancestors lived in for thousands of years prior to
you being here.
Genetically I would wager that most humans are 99.5% identical, and that the .5% difference is simply the result continental conditions.
After all, if the discrepancy was wide, enough to “prove” that race existed; we would not be able to foster offspring with certain other
So to me race is a non-issue, it does exist and it cannot be used as a qualification to determine the worth of any human being, how they are supposed
to act or how they are supposed to be treated. The entire thing is insanity and should be discouraged in today’s world that I’ve started calling
people racist for just mentioning anything regarding race.
Mind you just to get their attention so I may explain myself. Most people understand, but nobody changes their thinking or approach to how they
discuss race, which is the important thing to do.
The Hypocrisy of Science
It was brought to my attention, that the same science which attempts to prove that race is non-existent, that we are all one race, is often also used
in environmental protection of certain animal species.
In the example provided, the spotted owl I quote the following:
I say that because the same science that is often used to argue that "there is only the human race and everything else is just cultural" is
used to argue that a small swath of land in the Pacific Northwest should be sheltered from any logging because the little spotted owl which lives
there may be slightly different from the spotted owl which resides two ridges over in another swath of timbers and, thus, is a unique species of owl.
Never mind the fact that genetically, they are as alike as siblings, never mind the fact that their appearance is identical, and never mind the fact
that there is absolutely no barrier to natural breeding between the two. They are both spotted owls, yet science claims that locational diversity
makes them each a unique species.
This is quite the interesting piece of information in my opinion and shows how we as humans want to treat ourselves as being equal, yet strive to find
the most inconsequential differences in other species as a means to divide further and separate, catalogue as much as possible.
This particular person also finished by stating that the entire race argument was brought on far more by political ideologies than science in the end.
This brings me to my next opinion.
Race is Only a Means to Divide & Control Us Further
This idea I’ve discussed with various other topics such as left vs. right, man vs. women, but never thought about it in the context of “race”.
Although it should seem obvious that if the Powers That Be were attempting to control us, keep us fighting amongst ourselves as opposed to fighting
them, that they would choose things to use against us that were very rudimentary.
What is more basic that skin color, nationality and continental differences; brought on by centuries of your ancestors living in different parts of
the world, developing slightly different features because of that environment.
To divide us against each other, at such a basic level seems like it would accomplish a great many things to those who wish to control our minds and
continue the status quo of enslavement that we’ve experienced for a very, very long time.
Race as seen from the View of Spirituality
Another discussion had among those who have assisted me in this has been of the spiritual nature. The idea that deep down, to the very core of our
souls we are all the same; we are all energy all part of the laws of one.
One of my favorite quotes is by the late Carl Sagan.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of
collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff.”
What an inexplicably beautiful and profound thought. That the only real difference between us as humans or living beings are which stars provided the
star stuff that eventually created us?
Many different cultures speak of the spirit being one and that all humans are the result of a single entity. Be in God, Yahweh, Allah or any other of
the spiritual gods past and present; most of them taught us that everybody was to love equally and not treated any differently for our differences.
Because in the end, we are in fact all star dust and to discuss such trivial differences, as if they decided what kind of person we would become, or
were expected to be seems a bit silly in the larger outcome of things doesn’t it?
This thread was not only written with the intent of discrediting race apologists and those who truly believe that those small differences mean
something. It was written as means to show us that even with all the different opinions posted above, and those that will no doubt be posted below,
in the end, using race as a negative, will never help us move forward.
We must all, at some point agree to cherish each other’s differences, culturally and ethnically. As one other member mentioned to me, different
does = good and there is no lack of different among the people of Earth.
However, we must, if we ever intend on moving forward in our cultures, societies and remove ourselves of the shackles of control that we have been
placed in, stop looking at what is outside ourselves and begin counting what is inside.
Thanks for reading and again if you disagree with what has been written here and wish to argue points made by myself or other members, do so with
civility and prove to this community that these conversations can be had, without pages and pages of T&C violations.
edit on 7/5/2012 by tothetenthpower because: (no reason given)