Racism, Racial Discrimination and How to Heal Racial Hatred.

By Paul Sinclair (One World One People) 29/10/09

To help overcome the ignorance of racism we need to refer to solid science. There is very strong mitochondrial DNA evidence to show that every non-African person alive on the planet today is descended from one tribe that left the Rift Valley in Ethiopia probably around 70,000 years ago. That's most likely why when we look at the DNA of different humans compared with the DNA of different animals one thing is obvious: we are so boring! The differences in our DNA are very, very small.

Yet there are differences, but we need to be put them into their proper perspective. My DNA is not identical to my own biological brother's DNA, but I would be regarded as insane if I suddenly thought that this genetic difference meant that he belonged to a different race from me. Likewise there is a genetic difference between the people native to Northern Wales and the people native to Southern Wales, but no-one classifies them as separate races; the same with different peoples in Africa. But in the world today it is common to classify people with different skin colours as belonging to separate races. In reality the genetic differences between a pure-blood-white-European person and a pure-blood-black-African person are so small that there is really no scientific depth or strength to support that classification.

We say that is unwise to judge the contents of a book by its cover. It is far more unwise to judge a person's character by how well their body is adapted to their local climatic conditions. Classifying people according to so-called races is really a very basic form of ignorance. Besides, in reality our souls are all identical anyway. So because I am a follower of the truth I must reject all things that are false. Inwardly I totally reject any thoughts that may arise that would classify me as a white person and someone else as a black, yellow, red person and so on as non-truth. That's important because I plan to start schools and orphanages and I will definitely be teaching the children not to form their identity around such foolishness.

So now the question comes: besides educating people about truth, how can we extinguish existing racial hatred? The first step is not to fuel the flames of hatred ourselves. Angry thoughts and feelings are highly destructive to inner happiness and the nervous system as are thoughts of hatred and ill will. So when such inner thieves arise in our minds to rob us of the precious jewels of inner peace we need to quickly identify, arrest and evict them. The more we faithfully do that, the more it becomes a habit, the weaker those thoughts and feelings become and the stronger we grow on the inside.

If we come across an error stricken brother or sister who has been swept away by the destructive emotional current of racial hatred the worse thing we can do is to try to beat them forcefully over the head with the truth. People easily overwhelmed with anger and hatred are often robbed of their ability to reason by their lack of emotional control, which is why angry people often say and do crazy things and regret it later when they have calmed down again. Keeping our inner calmness we can attempt to reason with them whilst maintaining the respect for them that comes from regarding all people as our own brothers and sisters in our own one very large human family. That will help us solve any difficulties and if we have to criticize anything we will express ourselves with humility and courtesy, which leave no sting behind them.

We must also not be impatient with those who we consider to be in error. Even if we cannot reach them with reason we can always reach them through the example we show them by our own conduct and behaviour. That’s because inner-strength and self-control are spiritually magnetic and can move other people within their hearts and souls. That way you can win their respect, good will, co-operation and above all their friendship. For more information on generating and using soul force please see the article below about the mysterious power of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence.

Happy are those who separate people from their actions and follow the golden path of striving to be friends with the world by regarding the whole human family as one. They are the peacemakers who will make friends wherever they go and bring out the best in others.

Documentary: T
he Incredible Human Journey

Dr Alice Robert's BBC documentary The Incredible Human Journey is a fascinating exploration of the theory that all non-Africans today are descended from one small group who may have left Africa some 70,000 years ago. How did they do it? Which route did they take? All these questions are examined using astonishing new DNA evidence, precious fragments of bone and ancient stone tools. It makes the compelling case there is only really one race on earth: the human race.

Documentary: Race and Intelligence: Science's Last Taboo

Channel Four's Rageh Omaar explores the highly controversial subject of race and intelligence. He interviews scientists who believe that there is strong evidence to suggest that the different so-called races have differing IQ averages as well as scientists who strongly disagree. Please ignore any emotional reactions that may arise within some of you when you're watching it, and try to stay very scientifically focused on it
it has a happy ending as the truth emerges. You should be able to see this documentary for free but only for a short time. Please click here to see it.

See also:

How to successfully remove violent and oppressive regimes by non-violent means; and how you can help to spread peace in the world
Satyagraha and the mysterious power of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence
Our charity fiction book Shanti the Grass-Eating Lion: a popular tale of non-violence and forgiveness. This family book is especially useful for children and young people.

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