Racial Discrimination and How to Heal Racial Hatred
Paul Sinclair (One World One People) 29/10/09 revised 5/6/20
can be helpful to refer to solid science to help with overcoming
the ignorance of racism. 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 50 to 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 quite boring! The differences in our DNA
are very, very small.
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 that genetic difference doesn't mean he belongs 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 see people with different skin colours and ethnic backgrounds
being classified and treated as if they belong 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 any such classification.
We all belong to the same species: homo sapiens.
We say that is unwise to judge the contents
of a book by its cover. So is it not unwise to also judge a person's
character by how well their body is adapted to their local climatic
conditions or the conditions their ancestors' bodies adapted to?
Therefore, isn't classifying people into so-called 'races' in reality,
a very basic form of ignorance? How much more harm does doing this
need to do before we decide that it really isn't a good idea? If
we leave young children with different skin colours and from different
ethnic backgrounds to play with each other, they tend to get along
just fine. They don't suddenly start treating one another differently
because of physical appearances and they certainly don't suddenly
become racists. That kind of thinking and behaviour has to be taught
to them. And if we want a world where people are judged solely on
the merits of their character, why teach children to judge others
based on what they look like and where their ancestors might have
now the question comes: besides educating people about truth, how
can we extinguish existing and entrenched 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.
we come across an error stricken brother or sister who has
been swept away by the destructive emotional current of racial
hatred perhaps 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.
must also not be impatient with those whom 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 we can win their respect, goodwill, co-operation and above
all their friendship. (For more information on generating and using
soul force to heal hearts poisoned by anger and hatred, please see
the article below about the mysterious power of 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.
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 50 to 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.