What is Racism?
By: Errol A. Gibbs
Racism is a spiritual, moral, and social condition with no redeeming value. It is an aberration of the human spiritual nature; it is not a natural condition of our existence. For this reason, no scientific study, research, or treatment can eradicate conditions of racism. God’s enlightenment is the only permanent cure for racism, and it is available to anyone with the desire to obtain it.
Scientific investigations teach: “All human beings belong to a single species and are descended from a common stock. They are born equal in dignity and rights and all form an integral part of humanity.” Copyright © UNESCO 1979.
The three perspectives herein provide a broader approach to the understanding of race. All three perspectives – (1) Religious; (2) Scientific and (3) Observable – seem to confirm intrinsic linkages among all humanity and the oneness of humanity, yet racism in all forms persists. Consider these ten conditions that can nurture racism, all of which we can overcome when we diligently seek God’s enlightenment through His Word.
o Lack of knowledge of the benefits of the oneness of humanity.
o Lack of observation of the commonality of human behavior
o Lack of religious and scientific understanding of race
o Lack of God’s Spirit to accommodate (love)
o Lack of humility in the sight of God and neighbor
o Lack of knowledge of the oneness of humanity
o Lack of knowledge of a common blood identity
o Lack of knowledge of the emotional cost of racism
o Lack of knowledge of the (national) financial cost of racism
o Lack of knowledge of the loss of productivity racism causes
Notwithstanding these ten conditions that nurture racism, the word racism is probably one of the most commonly used, and possibly misused, words in our modern vocabulary. Accusations of prejudice, discrimination, and intolerance may occur within a racial grouping, but these occurrences may not have a racial component. However, when these same acts occur between different races, society views them as acts of racial prejudice, racial discrimination, or racial intolerance.
Another fallacy is that one race perpetrates these hard–to–define acts, when in fact all races display similar tendencies. This has been the challenge, and continues to be a challenge for any nation of different racial groupings. Of course, other than possibly in remote tribal societies, homogeneous nations do not exist in our modern world. This reality calls into question our capacity to eradicate racism from society.
Where did this social phenomenon that is so hard to define come from? Why has racism been such a constant crisis in multi–racial societies when our religious philosophies teach that all human beings are born equal? Is racism a pre–existing condition at birth, as opposed to being a derived social condition? Is there a cure for racism? Why are we characterized by race, as opposed to being characterized by the fact that we are all human beings, created by God, and are all members of the human family?
Are there any positive benefits of racism? The Bible educates us that we are one blood: “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre–appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” (Acts 17:26 NKJV).
Looking through the windows of history, one cannot help but wonder why superior education, intelligence and character do not transcend such a human aberration. Unless God directs our lives, we are powerless against the pervasive nature of racism (Black or White) and of other human ills that we must be on constant guard against (Galatians 3:23–29).
There is no known natural cure or antidote to racism, including human law. Human law can only temporarily constrain the practice of racism, because the strength of laws is in legal capacity rather than in moral capacity, which would enable the eradication of racism at its roots, within the human heart. What exactly is the root cause of racism, and what are the belief systems that perpetuate it?
Racism has its roots firmly planted in the belief that some races are superior to others in natural intelligence and character. Racism is primarily a product of the assumption of racial and cultural superiority. Religious, intellectual, empirical, and scientific observation cannot demonstrate that any race has superior value or superior patterns of behavior (such as, love, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self–control) over another. Every race falls short of these superior qualities (the fruit of the Spirit) that God looks for in them.
©UNESCO (1979): “Neither in the field of heredity concerning the overall intelligence and the capacity for cultural development, nor in that of physical traits, is there any justification for the concept of ‘inferior’ and ‘superior’ races.” “All peoples of the world possess equal faculties for attaining the highest level in intellectual, technical, economic, cultural and political development. The difference between the achievements of the different peoples is entirely attributable to geographical, historical, economic, social and cultural factors. Such differences can in no case serve as a pretext for any rank–ordered classification of nations or peoples.”
—Racism is a spiritual, moral, and social condition with no redeeming value.
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Errol A. Gibbs, Author, International Motivational Speaker. Books: © 2011 Five Foundations of Human Development (FFHD) & Thoughts to Enlighten and Empower the MindTel: 905.875.4956/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/