Wow I admire him a lot for having the gall to actual do something like this. It is in his right to do so and I fully support it.
I believe that we need to have an honest discourse on "race". However, that's not going to happen. We already know that there is no such thing as
"race", it is a social construct used which was created in the recent past in order to discriminate, distribute resources, give justification for the
Europeans colonial conquest, and to justify slavery. We now know that what we see
as "race" the physical characteristics are an accumulation of
certain traits such as eye color, skin pigmentation, etc. These changes appeared because humans separated into groups and moved into different
environments, thus allowing for the accumulation of certain traits within groups.
Humans have millions (or billions) of letters of DNA yet the differences we see in skin pigmentation are represented by just one letter. We haven't
been separated long enough to evolve into a separate species. What I find most interesting is that we would think that people within groups of certain
accumulated physical traits (races) would be most similar genetically speaking. Yet, the most genetic diversity exists within a "race" of people. For
example, John and Paul classified as Caucasian and Mark and Brent are classified as African. Traditionally, people assume John and Paul are most
similar and Mark and Brent are most similar however, from a genetic standpoint, it is more likely for John to be related to either Mark or Brent; or
for Mark or Brent to be related to either Paul or John.
The U.S. was a White supremacist state, it really wasn't that long ago. Rosa Parks died just a few years ago, Jim Crow was only two or three decades
ago. I have neighbors that had family members in the KKK, and they talked about when they used to go to the local parks and beat up the blacks. Racism
was state sponsored and minorities were discriminated everywhere and often denied citizenship. In some cases this discrimination still continues
today, though not state sponsored.
I would love to learn more about European history and culture, to learn more about White people and their traditions like we do with all the other
cultures. However, this makes people uncomfortable because of the way minorities were treated in the U.S. in the recent past by Whites. You can say
that it's all in the past or that you personally didn't do anything. We know you personally didn't do anything but like I said that was only a couple
decades ago, that tension is still there. For example, people that look like you raped, denied justice to, murdered, mistreated, discriminated, held
in bondage, and considered people that didn't look like you lesser human or not human at all. Minorities struggled to be able to establish these
cultural groups in their campuses. I think these struggles defined America and that they're a part of American history.
Remember, originally the Constitution and the Bill of Rights excluded all other groups except for White land-owning males. It's amazing the how far we
have traveled. The scars left from when the U.S. was a White supremacist society have not faded, and unfortunately there are many interests that don't
want these scars to fade.
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