Good Sunday Afternoon! Today is an OTHER day! Today we are closer to perfection than we were yesterday. Today I’m sitting outside looking at Carolina Blue skies, and trees, that are green, yellow, red; all hues and everything in between. How majestic. It’s amazing how just sitting outside on a beautiful day, and all the colors are just so uplifting. With keeping with all that wecheckother will represent, today I want to talk about race. I feel that many people don’t understand why some people’s approach to race has been so counterproductive. To begin RACE is a BIOLOGICAL term. Race actually does not exist . There are only species. All the beauty in the US and the trees changing color is a gift. One from nature that looks beyond the barriers of color and realizes that in chorus color is life changing. We are still talking about the species of TREES! There are so many different types of tree, but in the season of fall here in the US, they all turn hundreds of different colors. This is an adaptation to this environment perhaps. In the winter, here in America, almost all trees lose all of their leaves. Maybe this gift was given to the U.S., because the DIVINE creator of all things knew that the people here would need to understand it most. To be of nature and in nature are two different things as well. I heard someone once say species stick with their kind. Well KIND is a species not a RACE. We are the HUMAN KIND: A species! In nature, two trees of the same species can turn two different colors. It doesn’t change the tree’s kind at all. Plant nurseries know this and combine roots of different colored plants to manipulate colors and create beautiful bouquets. Extremist believe it or not have battled with the very notion over the decades of skin color equalling a different species. It’s like saying if two trees of the same species start out green in the summer and turn two different colors in the fall, then they are no longer of the same species. That is false. RACE is in Biology, a population of species differing geographically or genetically from other populations of THE SAME SPECIES. Science KNOWS that race is not applicable to people because the division of humans into discrete types does not represent the true nature of the human biological variation. Race has become nothing more than an important social class. European scholars began their systematic study of worldwide human variation in the 18th century. It ultimately created a hierarchy of the human kind into “better types” of humans. The most notable that I found was that of German physician Johann Blumenbach (1752-1840) Blumenbach concluded that all “light-skinned” people in Europe and adjacent pasts of western Asia and northern Africa belonged to the same race. With this, he dropped the “European” race label and replaced it with “caucasian” Ok. So I am going to STOP here. For the first time in my life even I noted that ASIAN is incorporated into this word. Here is what Wikipedia gave me when I dug deeper.
The term Caucasian race (also Caucasoid, Europid, or Europoid) has been used to denote the general physical type of some or all of the populations of Europe, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, Western Asia,parts of Central Asia and South Asia. Historically, the term has been used to describe many peoples from these regions, without regard necessarily to skin tone.
That’s 3 continents that science supporting race says are the origins. If race were true, then White, Black, and Asian would be the geographic origin of all the ethnicities we know today. I have to resist my urge to want to teach, but honestly I have to allow my flesh to stand down for better understanding. The only thing that you can stand on and ever be understood is the facts. You give the knowledge and allow everyone to come to their own conclusions.
Although he continued to distinguish American Indians as a separate race, he regrouped dark-skinned Africans as “Ethiopian” and split those Asians not considered CAUC-ASIAN into two separate races: Mongolian (referring to most inhabitants of Asia, including China and Japan) and “Malay” (indigenous Australians, Pacific Islanders and OTHERS) Yes OTHER existed in the beginning. It more over supports that racial purity is rare, yet the movement forged forward to breed racial separation and hatred and we’ve come to know and understand today.
This physician was convinced that Caucasians were closest to the ideal original humans supposedly created in GOD’s image. In vanity be basically noted the symmetry of the skulls, and the “pretty features.” He then ranked them as the supreme human being. He noted that all other races were the result of degeneration, by moving away from their place of origin and adapting to different environments and climates had degenerated them both physically and morally. In other words, this scholar was saying that different race is only the result of adaptation to different environments. It’s hard to believe that this study and countless others of this kind saturated Europe and were brought to a brand new America to found the nation. How can you fix a house where the foundation was built improperly? A painter built the hundred story building, when THE ARCHITECT & ENGINEER were needed. To compound this, there were test created that supported this theory that were completely bias, and honestly apart of a school system that failed so many. This is RACE, and how it was born. How it came to be. Why classification into a box is so important. It’s really to see where and how you fit into the social hierarchy. Thanks for stopping by. Until the next. Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you or just any exciting ideas or brainstorms you’d like to share about celebrating the people who have moved beyond these barriers to find and define the universal LOVE.
-Lwwontin, R.C. (1972) The appointment of human Diversity
-T. Dobzhansky et al. (eds) Evolutionary biology New York
-Shreeve, J. (1994) Terms of Estrangement