Straight talk: ‘Race, Reason for Racism’

An Editorial by Dr. Eduardo Enriquez

OK, so we agree that Race as a compartmental type of people does not exist. So if we all agree on that, great.  We do not have any more problems and no more tension; let’s rest and forget the past. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The reason that we have problems is that the ideologist concept of Race as an idea that what spread in the past and still is being used to discriminate still exists. (Understanding discriminate as an act of separation or division in accordance with certain physical characteristics)
Ok, where did this idea come from? In the previous article, I mentioned the Theorem of the Great Chain of Being. The concept was developed by Plato, Aristotle Plotinus and Proclus , developed even more in the middle ages and reached full conception in the modern Neo Platonism.   It details a strict, religious hierarchical structure of all matter and life, believed to have been decreed by God. The chain starts from God and progresses downward to angels, demons (fallen/renegade angels), stars, moon, kings, princes, nobles, men, wild animals, domesticated animals, trees, other plants, precious stones, precious metals, and other minerals.
The colonial theory of race was based on the great chain of being. The idea is that human races could be lined up from most superior to most inferior.  That is, God, white people, and then an arrangement of non-white people, with blacks at the bottom. In the last few hundred years, dark-skinned people were linked to apes in an effort to dehumanize them and justify their oppression and exploitation.  This is familiar to most Americans as something that is done peculiarly to Black people.  The history of U.S. discrimination against the Irish, however, offers an interesting comparative data point.  The Irish, too, have been compared to apes, suggesting that this comparison is a generalized tactic of oppression, not one inspired by the color of the skin of Africans.
It is obvious that ideological race is the concept that produces racism, somebody put himself on the top to control others; very convenient isn’t it? But that ideological concept also turns around and the ones that used to be on the bottom, with some justifiable resentment, hate the others and the cycle continues.
Currently, some humans still like to differentiate themselves from other people that only look different. So they remark and reaffirm belonging to certain groups of people with certain physical characteristics. So the calcification continues.  We engage in conversation about a fellow or a girl and, if the guy or girl does not belong to our group, we say “it is very good the doctor is Black”, or Indian or Chinese; immediately we classify them. The point was, the doctor is good.  What difference does the color of skin or physical characteristics make? The problem is, we are ideologically trained to classify, so the other side says the doctor was white, and the separation continues.
I am a firm believer that the classification of people in the United States is arbitrary and it is wrong. First of all what is the definition of white? Or black? How dark do you have to be to be black or how light do you have to be to be white? Where is the limit? Who determines it? Some say if one parent is Black therefore the child is black. Very arbitrary, why is the child not white? Who determines the half? And the last question, what is the purpose of all that? I do not know, but the end result still is separation. And if you are a Christian remember what the book says: there is not Greek, Jew or gentile; we are all one. To be continued.

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