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Minority Rights and Racism

Humanity has a long history of minority abuse or abuse of those whom we can overpower. It has happened time and again. We always find excuses to hate one another.  Excuses like religion, culture, skin color, etc, are used as tools to declare someone else less than human or inferior. Instead of forming solidarity in humanity as a whole, we find it with those who look like us, talk like us, believe like us, and those who are different are shrouded in some kind of “otherness”. This is an “otherness” that those with agendas can abuse. After all, if a 19th century man who had not been indoctrinated to despise blacks had been asked, “What is inherently wrong with black skin,” he would lack an answer. All the hatred that had been amassed by those who were indoctrinated to the idea that blacks were inferior could not stand to reason. Those who preferred free labor and were arrogant enough to claim superiority could not claim that white skin is better and black worse; they had to prescribed negative attributes to blacks that had nothing to do with skin color. To further this point, what could be considered inherently wrong with the French, Germans, Indians, Native Americans, Africans, Arabs, Persians, Russians, Brits, and all the rest?  The answer is absolutely nothing. None of these people hold a characteristic that makes them by nature evil or inferior.

Generalizations, dividing ourselves into groups of races, creeds, ect, is horribly detrimental to society. The concept of race is idiotic. The last “races” that could be considered human but not homosapien that possessed intelligence, tool making, perhaps religion, etc died tens of thousands of years ago. There is only one human “race”; only one human species. Our DNA is so similar that if we were dogs, we would all be the same breed. We have these minor differences and we structure our lives about them. All people of one color live in one part of the city, and all the people of another color likewise. We put our identity in our “race”. We maintain the idea of “otherness” about those who are different, and we hinder proper development. The world is full of diverse individuals, and it is a real waste to spend all your time only associating with those similar to you. Ever tried Shawarma? It’s from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and it’s fantastic. There is Western Classical architecture, Eastern Islamic architecture, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Secularism, Indian spices, French and Californian wine, Cuban cigars, hookahs, Southern United States’ cooking, Western philosophy, Eastern meditation, British parliamentary politics, American Republicanism, Peruvian, Bolivian, and Ethiopian coffee, Kung Fu, Pankration, and a great many more differences, cultures, and arts. There is all this diversity in the world, and so many of us blow it off by assuming negative characteristics of our fellow humans.

It is the height of ignorance to hold racism against someone. There are things in our world that are inherently wrong, bad, or evil. Totalitarianism, Fascism, Nazism, racism, slavery, rape, murder, religious radicalism, ect are all terrible things, but it is ridiculous to blame someone’s culture, color, religion, or otherwise. It has more to do with the fact that we  are all imperfect creatures, and we are known to use those things as tools to support and agenda.

Not to long ago someone said, “…this was put in place to help African-Americans achieve their goals,” when we were discussing law. I responded out loud, “How are ‘African-American’ interests any different from anyone else’s interests, and when did they have a meeting to decide what their collective interests were?” I think the fastest way for me to address this issue is to say that there is no such thing as “minority rights”. There are human rights that apply to all of us. To claim minority rights is to claim privileges that only you as a member of a minority can possess. It’s ridiculous. All human beings have a right to do any thing physically and fiscally harmless (whether the government recognizes it or not). No one has any special rights or detriments simply because they are a member of a minority. For humanity to progress we have to learn to live with one another. We have to cease to divide ourselves by trivial differences. We have to learn to communicate with one another, to civilly debate our ideas, and to experience one another’s culture. When we learn not to hate one another for our differences and to co-operate, humanity could make incredible progress.