The question is why is racism such a charged word? Why do the politicians like to talk about it a lot? Why is it that after the United States of America elected the first biracial president, racism is still the top item on the news?
I have deliberately mentioned that President Barack Obama was biracial because his mother was white, and his father was a black man from Kenya. These days, words seem to have multiple meanings, and the main actors behind mass media are the spin doctors who insist on setting the narrative that all of us must follow. President Obama identified himself as a black person, and I do not fault him for that, but the underlying composition of his DNA and who he is does not change. He is biracial, and it is a part of him that cannot be discarded.
That said, his election was supposed to be a high point in the life of a country and the world that has had its fair share of racial tensions because of discrimination, slavery, subjugation, lynchings, murders, and all sorts of atrocities. Unfortunately, it seems the issue of racism is getting worse with each passing day. Is this the case? The purpose of writing this book is to offer a simple solution to this apparent complex problem of racism. There is no attempt here to deny its monstrosity and the havoc and carnage it has caused and is still causing all over the world.
Nobody in their right mind can deny the existence of racism and the harm it causes. Are we at the mercy of this monster forever or is there a way out?
While some, in the name of awareness, keep stoking the fires of racism, I will be using an entirely different approach to address this vexing issue that has plagued the human race for thousands of years.
Racism and discrimination did not start with the arrival of slaves on the shores of the new world, nor did it start when these slaves were caught and sold by people who looked like them.
We need to go past all the great civilizations that practiced this evil and go back to the very beginning when humans were created. If we want to offer any reasonable solution, it is imperative that we go to the source of the problem.
Throughout human history, racism has been practiced at varying degrees by different societies at different times. Before one can make any attempt to provide any lasting solution, it will be important to expand the definition of racism to encompass other forms of discrimination that exist among all humans, no matter where you find them. Take, for example, tribalism and ethnocentric discrimination.
While some will argue that there is a big difference between racism, tribalism, and ethnocentrism, I will be arguing here that there is a great commonality among them because the focus is going to be on what drives these three behaviors.
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