Why you should appreciate racial diversity?

A cartoon showing racial outbursts.

Racial differences—how they have plagued human beings!

But think for a moment: Is the real problem racial differences?

Or is it the way men react to the differences?

Some have used this reaction as a hurtful political tool.

Politicians know that only have to channel racial reactions to gain political ends.

How about you?

How can you to tell if you are racist

Does prejudicial talk about racial differences sweep you along?

Could it cause you to stop judging individuals on their own merits?

Do you view the high crime rate and the filth in many “ghetto” areas as evidences of racial inferiority?

Or does prejudice take a more subtle form?

Might you outwardly appear to have no racial bias, yet inwardly feel yourself indulgent for having been kind to a person of another race?

When you hear a report of wrongdoing, do you immediately identify the wrongdoer by his race?

On the other hand, if you believe you are a victim of prejudice, do you retaliate by developing prejudice of your own?

Do you believe that the only reason for your oppression is racial?

Are there no bad personal habits you may have that could be improved to gain more respect from others?

Why are there different races?

A child learning about racial differences.

It is apparent that a better understanding of racial differences is needed to help us to temper our reactions.

An examination of how these differences originated will help us to react in a realistic and moral way, rather than to be swayed by extremists.

You might reasonably ask at this point, ‘Where did the races with their clearly defined characteristics, so different from one another, come from?

How do you explain the tall Scandinavians with their fair skin and blond hair, or the stocky Eskimo with their thick black hair, flattened noses and slanted eyes, or the black-skinned Negroes with their short, curly hair and full lips?’

In answer, scientific studies have shown that differences among living things is basically a matter of genetics (genes are minute particles that determine heredity).

The potential for variety is inherent in all living things, including man.

Zoologist Ernst Mayr says:

To speak of ‘pure’ races is sheer nonsense. Variability is inherent in any natural population.”

Now to help understand how the races developed from this variability, let us illustrate:

Did you know that horticulturists (plant scientists) have been able to isolate certain variations in plants, such as exceptional size?

They can then develop strains of those plants that all have that same feature.

To apply this illustration to humans, suppose a group of people were isolated geographically from the rest of the human family, just as the horticulturist isolates a strain of plants with which he is working.

Certain characteristics among those people would become stronger, or “dominant,” throughout the group’s descendants.

Eventually a new “race” would develop, yet it would remain human.

That this is exactly what happened is documented scientifically and historically.

Professor S. A. Barnett, zoologist at the Australian National University, defines race as:

a group which shares in common a certain set of genes, and which became distinct from other groups as a result of geographical isolation.”

Professor of Zoology L. C. Dunn says that there “may have been a time when the human race was actually one marriage community, because even today all races have many of their genes in common, as though they had all obtained them from a common source.”

A question that may come up here is:

“Have the races become so different from one another that each one is another ‘species’?”

Zoologist Mayr makes this comment in answer:

All the different kinds of living man on the face of the earth belong to a single species. . . . As a matter of fact, the various races of man are less different from each other than are the subspecies of many . . . animals. Yet a few misguided individuals have . . . divided him into five or six separate species by using such artificial criteria as white, yellow, red, or black skin color. Such a division . . . is completely contrary to the biological species concept"

Relationship between race and intelligence

Picture of a white and black child hugging.

Some persons argue that there is a direct relation between race and intelligence.

Therefore, they say, those that have an appearance that goes with “inferior” mentality should be separated from others. 

They presume that this will avoid genetic weakening of the “superior” race.

However, Professor Mayr calls it a “fallacy” to claim “an association between a particular color of the eyes or the hair and certain traits of the mind or the character. All available evidence negates the existence of such [correspondence].”

What does the evidence really show as to racial variety?

Is any race “superior” to another?

Theodosius Dobzhansky
of Rockefeller University in New York says:

The striking fact—which not even the racists can conceal—is that the race differences in the averages are much smaller than the variations within any race. In other words, large brains and high I.Q.’s of persons of every race are much larger and higher than the averages for their own or any other race.”

What can we conclude from the foregoing?

If some persons argue for the segregation of people because of claimed “inferior” mentality or culture, would it not be far more consistent to segregate all people, regardless of race, who fall below set “standards,” rather than to separate them by their color?

Thus they would be compelled to segregate many of their own race, and for exactly the same reasons that they wish to segregate others!

Is that really what they want?

Appreciating racial diversity

Hands showing racial diversity.

Everything around us bespeaks abundant variety.

What if this were not the case?

Would you like to eat the same food every day?

What if there were just one kind of animal, or bird, or tree in the forest?

Suppose all flowers were the same color.

Would you like that kind of world?

This variety provides never-ending stimulation to delight our senses.

It brings fullness to life.

As Professor Dobzhansky points out:

Genetic diversity is a blessing, not a curse. Any society . . . has a multitude of diverse vocations and callings to be filled.”

Fortunately, there are people who really appreciate the variety among humans.

They find it stimulating and beneficial.

What would happen if we had many of their kind in the society?

Then within our societies, all people, without regard for their race, would find fulfillment and opportunity to use their abilities to the full.

This would further enhance the variety of personalities, culture, language, clothing, homes and food among people of all races.

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