Race Is A Red Herring

Race is a red herring, an awkward construct of culture, phenotypes, self identification and circumstance. There is no genetic basis for a belief that human intelligence, disposition, physicality or any other significant trait is related to skin color or any other human phenotype[1]. I am a “white” male and I may well be closer genetically to Jesse Jackson than to George Bush. Even when studies show so called racial differences they usually have to qualify the studies with disclaimers admitting that the differences are not proven akin to the genetics but may well be cultural differences caused by environmental factors.

The concept of, and resulting conflict between, so called human races and ethnicities is really an identification with and conflict between human cultures. At one time when various familial tribes of humans first encountered other such familial tribes the phenotypes coincided with the cultures, not because of genetic imperatives but because of isolation and proximity. The phenotypical characteristics were a handy guide to differentiate between the tribes for practical but mostly nefarious reasons. Eventually when the tribes mixed and the various cultures conflicted the phenotypical characteristics should have become less and less a way of distinguishing between behaviors, motives, and cultural beliefs. This should have been the case because the cultures would contend with each other and begin to forge a new cultural identity, crossover and compromise with some traits of each culture losing out to more efficacious traits from the other culture. This process was however, thwarted, retarded by special interest on each side. Leaders in each phenotypical (“racial”) group reinforced the phenotypes as indicative of culture and behavior often in order to maintain the status quo in which they held a leadership position. In essence the perpetuation of a racial myth, of an ethnic myth, created and maintained more leadership positions than were really necessary and allowed those who best catered to the racial or ethnic myth undeserved status. In essence those leaders created and promoted a problem so that they could use the perceived direness of the problem to recommend themselves for leadership.

In the United States racial self identification has reached a sophisticated and volatile level. For example, black Americans, no matter the degree of closeness they may share with white Americans, are cajoled, shamed and otherwise pressured into self identification with a cobbled together ‘black culture’. Said black culture includes separateness, automatic victim hood and an insatiable, impossible to rectify desire for some nebulous revenge for past wrongs against people that have long since died by people that have long since died. There is no genetic basis, no inherited strength or weakness for this identification, just a societal pressure to assume same. White Americans often take advantage of this self identification in order to either bolster their leadership of a separate white America or to co-opt and subordinate the black American faction by solicitous fawning despite the consequences.

The American left has made an industry out of creating aggrieved factions in order to create a leadership role for itself; a leadership role, not based upon good ideas, positive applied energy, fidelity to truth or justice, strong self discipline, fairness or any other traditional leadership quality in effective groups. Instead that leadership is based upon inflamed, artificially created and sponsored differences, shrill catchphrase laden rhetoric and a deep unseen fear of their own lack of comparative value. This same pattern with the same motives is evident worldwide and back into human history.

Cultures and ideas must be allowed to freely but peacefully compete. Personal beliefs and strictures must not be either codified or suppressed. The only function of government must be the protection of life and property from violent trespass not the management of individual life and property. The ultimate sameness of human physical and psychological needs will surface and triumph given free reign from government suppression with the smaller range of human needs and desires being accommodated by individuals for that most powerful of all reasons…they want to do so.

[1] https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/04/race-genetics-science-africa/#close


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