Maximum Hate - Minimum Reason
Hello again ATS.
As I sit to write this thread, I find myself with a heavy heart and a mind filled with thoughts that have no business at all being in my head - nor
anyone elses for that matter. Thoughts that have been placed there by a constant stream of media manipulation and opportunism - Thoughts placed there
because for all we seem to be achieving in this world as a species - we keep coming back to this one silly little subject. It's like a scab that we
never let heal. Somebody is always picking at this scab and opening up old wounds - wounds that surely should be healed by this point in our evolution
as a species and as a culture. But I cannot blame media entirely because there is also a seemingly endless stream of con artists and hate mongers who
are more than willing to fuel - and feed off of - the media frenzy. There is absolutely no shortage of stupidity to be found when this subject is
So tell me folks. Why is it that we can put men on the moon, we can see the far points of the universe, we can send an object to the edge of our own
solar system, we can cure diseases, communicate - globally - in real time, we can split the atom, and are beginning to understand the very building
blocks of time, space, and creation... We can do all of this and so much more that is beyond amazing and yet we still cannot get past looking at
others and making judgements based upon something as meaningless as the color of their skin?
That we cannot, as a whole, get beyond such a
superficial, external and slight genetic difference is beyond silly. It is absolutely stupid and ignorant.
As I began this OP I thought about including a lot of external content - to illustrate just how amazingly slight the genetic differences between the
races really are. I finally decided that this one small paragraph is enough to communicate the idea effectively and plainly:
In fact, several scientists said, the new work shows just how small a biological difference is reflected by skin color. The newly found mutation
involves a change of just one letter of DNA code out of the 3.1 billion letters in the human genome -- the complete instructions for making a human
And just to make a handful of folks uncomfortable ( because I think it is high time that they be made to feel uncomfortable ):
Rare DNA previously found only in people from West Africa has turned up in white males from northern England, a new study reports.
This sex-determining chromosome is copied from father to son, providing a record of male ancestry.
The uncommon DNA, a chromosome called hgA1, had previously been detected only in a region of West Africa that includes Mali, Senegal, and
Guinea-Bissau, the team says (Africa map).
"It's a really special chromosome, one that's only been reported before in a handful of men in Africa," said Mark Jobling, a genetics professor from
the University of Leicester who led the research team.
The hgA1 chromosome lies near the root of the family tree of Y chromosomes in Africa, Jobling added.
"It's an ancient type that's African specific."
But the team found hgA1 in one white British male who took part in the survey, despite the man having no known African family connection.
To be honest - there's really no point to simply run off and copy dry facts about the history of human migration out of Africa, nor the development of
the races being a relatively new development in history ( less than a blink of an eye in relation to the history of life on this planet ). Such facts
always meet with argument and invariably are refuted with some poppycock psuedo-science or bastardized religious propaganda. When it is all said and
done, sadly, there are people who will refuse to let go of their hate no matter what we do. They are addicted to it. They feed upon it and allow it to
feed upon them.
Moreover I put it to you bluntly. Even if there were endless reams of peer reviewed proof that the races were extremely genetically varied: What
difference would it make? What would it matter? What would it change? We would all still be here, stuck on the same planet with one another and facing
the ultimate choice that overrides all others...
Do we choose to coexist or do we choose to destroy one another without any better reason than the pigmentation of our skin?
I ask because when it is all said and done, I have never met a racist, of any color, who could quantify why they were racists. Their answers always
involve such disjointed and broken logic as to be nearly impossible to follow. Some do develop fairly detailed and even somewhat compelling wrappings
to clothe their hatred in. But at the core it is always the same thing... Fear
Racism is fear and nothing more. The most disgusting, base, ignorant and ugly sort of fear that we, human animals, are capable of
For the record - I do not personally limit this assessment to just racists either. I also see religious intolerance, homophobia, sexism, classism,
Nationalism, and just about any and all other biases as equally as ignorant. Having said that, however, I do tend to hold a special disdain in my
heart for those who hate others based upon something that the other party has no control whatsoever over
. Nobody chooses to be born male or
female. Nobody chooses ( IMO ) to be gay or straight. Nobody chooses where they were born... Nobody chooses their ethnicity.
I did not choose to be an American. I was born one. And I certainly did not choose to be white. I had no say in the matter at all. And no matter the
color of your skin... Neither did you.
Yet, click on any news or discussion forum right now. Heck, just turn on your TV and chances are the very
first thing you will be exposed to is
a discussion about race - complete with a ton of unspoken, implied, backwards racism meant to incite and prod your fears... Meant to pick that
They want for it all to rise back up in the back of your mind. They want to intice us all into a place of fear and indignation. They want to bring us
to such a violent boil that we will act out and fulfill their ratings baiting prophecies.
They want us to riot, to rage, to murder one another in the name of this ignorance they want so desperate to cash in upon. They want to sell us our
own deaths even as they hand us the killing tools and whisper temptations into our ears.
Are we going to fall for it? Are we truly that naive and ignorant?
Before you answer, take a look around. You see racism is an ironic thing in some ways... One of which is that we tend to say one thing and then do
another. Even in the best of us, shades of it lurk right beneath the surface. We feel safer when we are those who look like us. We feel threatened by
those who do not. We all know that sometimes the person screaming the loudest that race is not an issue turns out to be the one with the most biases.
In our modern world where political correctness is run amok sometimes the most vitriolic racism we see is couched in talk of tolerance and love. We
all know it when we see it... but we don't often point it out because to do so is to invite the whirlwind of hatred to become directed at us.
edit on 7/17/13 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)