Racism vs. Racial Pride

I am well aware of the tension that this subject brings up. However, maybe it is a subject that it is time we addressed. One that must stop being brushed under the surface and pointed out into the light in order to be understood.

Race is a classification system used to categorize humans into large and distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, genetic, geographical, historical, linguistic, religious, or social affiliation.

  • ra·cism
  • [ ráy sìzzəm ]
  1. animosity toward other races: prejudice or animosity against people who belong to other races
  2. belief in racial superiority: the belief that people of different races have different qualities and abilities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior

Ok, correct me if I am wrong here, but those two definitions actually contradict each other! Race is the classification of humans into groups by cultural, anatomical, ethnic, and genetic traits! Wait, isn’t that racist? The belief that we are different based on these very characteristics? So what if we are built different! Is it not those differences that can make us stronger?

I am proud of who I am, and if my skin was a different color, would I still not have pride? So, does that really indicate who I am? No. However, it will not change that there are chunks of history that will never be able to be retrieved for my family.

I don’t  have a problem with the color of anyone’s skin. I don’t judge anyone on the color of their eyes, let alone the amount of melanin in their body. It just wouldn’t make sense to me. However, I will pass judgment on the amount of true honor, courage, compassion, and honesty. If these are not part of your persona, don’t waste your time with me. If you don’t care about yourself enough to have these traits, then don’t waste my time. Because I won’t.

Now, as for racial pride. This is an ancestral thing. This is the stories that families tend to hand down generation from generation, and they are different for every ethnic group. And there is one group in this world who can tell you how much the loss of the ancestral pride as a culture has hurt. Look at the Native Americans. Talk with them. They are trying to reconnect with the information lost to them after they had their ancestral lands taken from them.

Could this be why we as a society are so lost? There were morals to the ancestral stories. That is evident in the research I have been doing. What are we losing by becoming one world, with one religion and potentially one race? We are losing what God designed this world to be. The strengths of differences creating a balance that would continue to allow the world to grow. We have vastly undermined that balance, and we are harming ourselves. Look at how many people are emotionally disturbed! Now, do your own research, and see how often this comes up in history. Our ancestors left us clues, we just aren’t listening. But, as usual with the stubborn human race, we don’t listen until it is too late, and a hard lesson must be learned.

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