From Episode 5: tackling racism with Ken Herar
As we came on the anniversary of MLK jr, I can't help but feel that we still haven't learned a lesson that was offered by simple observation eons ago and confirmed by science in February 2001.
The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international scientific research project with the goal of determining the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up human DNA, and of identifying and mapping all of the genes of the human genome from both a physical and functional standpoint. It remains the world's largest collaborative biological project, and told us what any toddler already knows: skin colour means nothing and we are all brothers & sisters.
Human cousins like homo neanderthalis or homo heidelbergensis are extinct today which leaves the chimpanzees and other great apes as our closest living relatives. There never existed a Homo sapiens africanus or Homo sapiens europeanis,
so why does the myth, and it is just that, a myth; of different races survive until today? Why has racism perversed every part of our society to the point of being mundane and even accepted as a fact of life by most.
The culprit is so obvious :religious belief and it's impacts on culture.
Now before you call your local exorcist or issue a fatwa against me, consider the simple account of genesis in the bible:
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
So? Where is the link with racism? You ask.
Although our differences are only skin deep, it was enough for most uneducated masses to see those differences as indications that different meant not human. And since the top dog (god) commanded you to rule over every living creature, it also meant ruling over your (not quite human and more primitive) neighbours.
Enter racism and its horrible side effects like sexism, speciesism, bigotry and slavery. History is littered with bigots making excuses and using the holy word of the big cheese to commit atrocities, profit and enslave his next of kin; from the slaves of the south to First Nations residential schools; nobody was spared from god's word.
Even a decade after the human genome project should have put an end to all of it when the director of the project declared: there is only one race, the human race; the religious cultural impact of racism still holds sway and finds ever new targets to discharge its hate at. Dark skinned people yesterday, sexually oriented different people today.
Do you still wonder why equal right are still opposed by conservative religious groups today, just like they were when MLK walked the streets?
As long as society and its cultural mind is held bound by the shackles of faith, we can expect no end to this primitive fear based on superstitious belief.
Reason and science are the key to our mind's liberation and education is the hand which holds this key; do not let the imaginary sky daddy of some people create fear in your mind with lofty promises of rewards or threats of retaliation for disobedience; you already knew this as a child: there is only one human race and above us, only sky...