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If you think that “race” is a real concept, then you are an ass

How Europeans evolved white skin – Ann Gibbons Apr. 2, 2015

 

What I think as common knowledge about skin colour is perhaps not yet commonly known. In my draft manuscript, DOF, I wrote thus:

EXTRACT FROM DOF:

We have all descended from dark skinned African forbears that were adapted to intense equatorial sunlight. However, as humans moved to the higher latitudes they found less sunlight there, which makes it hard for those with a darker skin to produce vitamin D, so vital for bones and general health. In these higher latitudes, children with a natural mutation that helped them produce less melanin (i.e. those with a lighter skin) had better odds of survival than their darker skinned siblings. Over time, the so called ‘white race’ evolved as a local environmental adaptation. Being a function of random chance, evolution does not lead to exactly the same outcome everywhere.[1]


[1] E.g. Johan Moan, of the Institute of Physics at the University of Oslo, said in a research paper: “In England, from 5500-5200 years ago the food changed rapidly away from fish as an important food source. This led to a rapid development of … light skin.” The Australian, 31 August 2009. [http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,26004285-26040,00.html. ]
I’m not sure if everyone in the world knows about this and understand what it means for their conceptions about race-based “superiority”.
It therefore pleased me to recently learn about Nina Jablonski’s work in this area. I spent a few minutes listening to her lecture (below). In a few days, time permitting, I’ll watch her documentary, Skin Deep.
I encourage you to watch this short 15 minute talk, below. More importantly, I would like to urge Indians (and others) who still harbour racist thoughts to learn about the science of human evolution and stop their slavish obsession with skin colour. In particular, the Indian caste system is strongly associated with racism and should be repudiated outright. The Vedas had a merit based system in any case. Let there by multiple “castes” within the same family subject to their individual merit (although why should we have caste at all? – throw away such false ideas entirely).
The idea the skin colour determines a man’s competence is the most ridiculous thought ever created in human history. If you think that “race” is a real concept, I think you are an ass. Sorry (!) I don’t use strong personal words very often – and I’m sure that none of my blog readers think in this manner – but I think we ought to be pretty brutal with those who continue to harbour deeply flawed ideas. How long does mankind have to suffer from the disease of ignorance? Let’s bury the concept of “race” once and for all.

Some asses

 

H G Wells (1901): “The swarms of black and brown and dirty-white and yellow people have to go. It is their portion to die out and disappear.”

D H Lawrence (1921): “Three cheers for the inventors of poison gas.”

George Bernard Shaw (1933): “Extermination must be put on a scientific basis if it is ever to be carried out humanely and thoroughly … if we desire a certain type of civilization and culture, we must exterminate the sort of people who do not fit into it.”

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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7 thoughts on “If you think that “race” is a real concept, then you are an ass
  1. James Killian Spratt

    Hi, Sanjeev.  I like the way you think, old son.  Yep, I'm a white guy, but if you spray-painted me mahogany, and gave me dark contact lenses, I'd be just like you, though I'd still have a funny accent and some peculiar, foreign notions.  (smilie.)
    Sorry, I never grew an appreciation of curry.  My son likes it, though.  No accounting for taste, is there? (another smilie.)

     
  2. James Killian Spratt

    Hi, Sanjeev.  I like the way you think, old son.  Yep, I'm a white guy, but if you spray-painted me mahogany, and gave me dark contact lenses, I'd be just like you, though I'd still have a funny accent and some peculiar, foreign notions.  (smilie.)
    Sorry, I never grew an appreciation of curry.  My son likes it, though.  No accounting for taste, is there? (another smilie.)

     
  3. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Thanks, James. We are all the same within. 100%. As a sculptor you know that better than most, but this is not just physical. It is mental, too.

    (Btw, I like this man Swami Suddahanada who beautifully explains our common consciousness: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=153243564662. Worth listening to some of his recordings, just from a general perspective. I’m not a Hindu nor his follower, but his points are well taken).

     
  4. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Thanks, James. We are all the same within. 100%. As a sculptor you know that better than most, but this is not just physical. It is mental, too.

    (Btw, I like this man Swami Suddahanada who beautifully explains our common consciousness: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=153243564662. Worth listening to some of his recordings, just from a general perspective. I’m not a Hindu nor his follower, but his points are well taken).

     
  5. James Killian Spratt

    Hi, Sanjay,
    You are quite right; our likenesses can each be captured from the same clay. I looked at Swami Suddahanada's link, and I like that, too.  Another indefatigable humanist, hat's off! 
     "Mental, too"–great point; it is only appropriate to make a distinction between the  "hardware" constituting our bodies, and "software" which drives the minds which animate the bodies into actions.  That enables us to critique other groups without being contemptuous (or destructive) of their persons. 
    Sadly, some of us lack the software to make that distinction, and need to be updated.

     
  6. James Killian Spratt

    Hi, Sanjay,
    You are quite right; our likenesses can each be captured from the same clay. I looked at Swami Suddahanada's link, and I like that, too.  Another indefatigable humanist, hat's off! 
     "Mental, too"–great point; it is only appropriate to make a distinction between the  "hardware" constituting our bodies, and "software" which drives the minds which animate the bodies into actions.  That enables us to critique other groups without being contemptuous (or destructive) of their persons. 
    Sadly, some of us lack the software to make that distinction, and need to be updated.

     

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