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End Racism Rampant Racism Ending Racism is there a Post Racial Society what is Racism

We can end racism on earth. It happens slowly, like the end to institutionalized slavery. Like so many societal problems, racism has its origins and its solutions, in biology and socialization.

The first step is to identify racism. People are racist, even in “post racial” modern times. People do judge on sight, and people do suffer discrimination. First and foremost then, accept the truth. The truth can set one free.

People do not have to learn to hate others who are different, but that ability to sense “otherness” is innate. We are biologically programed to sense strangers, and to be wary. Awareness of wariness, then is basic. We need to acknowledge when we see others outside our familiarity, that we see them as “different.” People, having evolved in small tribes, need skills that allow careful discrimination between potential friend or foe.

This does not in any way justify that people should not be responsible to manage racism, any more than people born with poor eyesight, bone disease, or bad teeth should be forced to just accept it. What we have to work with is what we should work with to improve what we can. The tendency to blame our “human nature” is not at all helpful, and in fact adds fuel to the fires of hate.

The socialization aspect of racism, that which is taught, is more problematic, and more advantageous.  It is advantageous in that those aspects of anything learned can be unlearned. Bad habits can be affected by determination and fierce societal pressure to end bigotry, hate crimes, unbalanced justice, and elite exclusion.

After recognizing our tendency to judge others unfairly, we need to learn more about them as individuals, and find our common ancestry, and our common goals for good. 

Ecopsychology is the field of well-being that teaches belonging. Belonging is essential for human beings now more than ever before. Isolation and alienation of the rest of the living world results in people assigning blame for deterioration of resources, both human and more than human. When scapegoating begins it ends with tragedy. When people, on the other hand embrace one another, not in spite of but because of, diversity, racism and its attendant symptoms abate.

Symptoms of a sick society include crime, pollution, hate, selfishness, greed, apathy, helplessness, and all the blights and diseases which a common strong immunity can no longer defend against. That is, disconnection causes conflicts, and in the wake of those conflicts, turf wars, wasted landscapes, and an endless cycle of attack and counter attack, come hunger and need, disease, and deteriorated infrastructure.

Those who cannot make the link between deteriorated resources, including human resources, and inter-dependent health of all systems run the risk of living in a bubble. Within this exclusive and elite bubble, the bubble dwellers come to truly believe that they alone are chosen. This has happened many times throughout history. It is neither entirely due to religion or ideology, but almost always by a need for people to believe that they belong to the chosen few.

Education, then becomes the next step to end racism. Seeing that everyone, everywhere, deserves the best possible education obtainable. There is no such thing as separate but equal. Just the existence of being separate teaches something in and of itself. People know when they are being excluded from privilege. It leads to resentment and backlash every time.

Ending racism also means not just appreciating other humans, but appreciating all life. It means that instead of a rigid, paternalistic system we are building an all inclusive, shared responsibility system. It acknowledges that life itself is sacred not just human life, but all life. People can learn and believe humanity and its “tribes” belong not to the chosen few, but to the entire cosmos. 

It is a thought outside the bubble that has also been repeated in history, and has proven effective for people and other organisms to appreciate their mutual inclusion. Native peoples have notably nearly always expressed kinship to animals, forests, skies and earth. There may be no such beast, as the noble savage, a myth debunked, but there is the reality of living more deeply in touch with the sustaining, and supportive world.

Belonging then, if it is realized thoroughly, can solve humanity’s alienation and isolation which keeps man a small and defiant creature that wants to conquer, enslave and master the “others.” Knowing there are no others, but only us, on earth, ensures a greater strength and unity. 

This is the answer to ending not just racism, but exclusion on all levels, which keeps men slaves of striving to control, believing they must conquer and master. We instead, can learn to appreciate, cherish, and protect one another.