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Patrick Wachira

IT Consulant, San Francisco State University

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In order to achieve a social and economic equality, we need to change the core of humanity.

Premised under Darwin, life and more specifically humanity is based on propagation. Racism i contend, at the core, is self-preservation and the propagation of a unique species. Dilution of a gene pool allows the eventual eradication of a trait or group; as such in order to achieve equality we need to change the reason for being.
For thousands of years, human lived long enough to propagate then died. This allowed for the continuation of the gene pool .Though certain traits were eliminated, the overall structure was maintained (black skinned tone, white skin tone, language structure) continued to thrive .
However human curiosity allowed to obsess and then experiment on what’s was beyond the horizon. However our base code still maintains an innate routine that calls for self preservation. This interns manifests itself as sub-groups (tribes, race, language etc.).
To achieve the third wave of human evolution, we need to define a new reason of being. The basis of why we exist needs to shift from propagation of the species to enlightenment. Am not sure how to change this base code, but a wise man said to know and define a problem is the first step to having a solution.

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  • Feb 13 2013: Your whole premise is based off of racism being a byproduct of biology. Racism to create, establish and perpetuate a "unique" species? That doesn't make sense. Nature does not discriminate, nor lean towards black or white for uniqueness. You are arguing from a biologically deterministic standpoint.

    I would counter that racism is a social construction. If it were compared to Darwinism, then it should be compared to social darwinism. A construction designed to preserve the unequal distribution of resources towards the dominant (white) group. However, I do not think racism is innate or has anything to do with raw preservation.

    I do agree that the wants and needs of humanity need to be reassessed, particularly within the global north. Western countries are the biggest culprits, and until we recognize how our consumption is destroying the planet and resulting in catastrophic inequality in developing nations it will continue to be a predicament. I am not a socialist, but I will not deny capitalism's role in the matter.

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