The Race Myth

Part one

The interesting thing about the race myth is that the once dominant myth has become the counter myth, but a version of that original myth is now the dominant myth.
Let me explain: I’m racist, right? – But don’t want to be.
I didn’t start out racist but I became that way because society wants me to be, so I have the racism of society.

I remember when I was a child and I continually came up against the concept of race but I couldn’t understand it. I was in effect ‘colourblind’. Don’t worry, society got that out of me quick enough!

Society itself wasn’t always racist either, but it became that way in order to advance the interests of some people. Society then dumped overt racism for a seemingly more benign form that discards the part about superiority, whilst keeping the race talk.
Imagine if scientists discovered that there is no scientific basis for the concept of race. – Well guess what? They already have!
Yet funnily enough even the mainstream media acts as if race a distinct reality behind it.

Consider for example if you got bitten by a dog and there was the question of whether it was a black coloured dog or a white coloured dog that bit you. That wouldn’t seem relevant. It would be like “who cares?” Whereas with humans people think they are going to be able to get some kind of social information out of such a fact.

Infact there are no races but everyone wants to keep on thinking that there are.

“There are races – but they are equal” Is the official myth, whereas the hated counter myth is that there are races, and they aren’t equal! (Notice the subtle difference?)

The thing about the existence of the official myth is that it guarantees the existence of the old myth (now counter myth) of the superiority of your own race.
Think about it in terms of self serving bias as a scientific fact. So, if you identify as being a member of one group, you’re automatically going to see that group as being superior (at least by virtue of your own membership).
You’re going to be automatically sensitive to things that make your own group seem superior and others seem inferior because that’s human nature.

It’s human nature to be racist, once you believe that there are races – Shit, it’s just rooting for your own team! Therefore, since I culturally have that belief, then I am racist.

Don’t worry, you’re probably racist too!

Anyway, even if you manage to defeat your own self serving bias on this issue, and if it was true that there are races but they are equal, then because of some other things we believe, it would only be accidentally true.

Accidentally true?

Say for instance, if you took a group of ‘green’ people and a group of ‘blue’ people, and you gave them some ability testing and determined:

‘That although there is some natural variation between the members of the members of the respective groups, the overall result is that the each group was the same.’

So you have the two races but equal situation all proved and sorted out.

Say if you even had that!

Then you got the highest ability half of people in the green group and you killed them and the lowest ability half of people from the blue group and killed them. Then what you did was you kept the two groups separate and waited for have kids, then you tested the kids.

In that case if there was any genetic influence on the ability levels of the two groups, then it would have to be the case that the green race was ‘superior’ to the blue race.
It would just have to be!
So if there are races but they are equal, then the truth of racism is only a Pol Pot style ethnic cleansing away.
However, if you don’t believe in races then none of that means a damn thing – all you did was kill a bunch of people. (Which is what everyone’s dying to do of course)

Actually, the identified ‘races’ are an arbitrary distinction made on the basis of irrelevant criterion; For instance skin colour. So your ancestors might be from Africa, Southern India or Australia and have absolutely nothing to do with each other at all.

A person from Northern China might be equally ‘white’ in skin colour as one from Europe.

So in that case there’s other parts of the face which people use such as eye shape or nose shape. But did you know that there’s actually more genetic variation within Africa than the whole rest of the world combined? So in other words if you had to categorise three races based on genetics then they would be three African groups, with all Europeans and Asians as an appendage of one of those groups.
Get your head round that!

Of course you could use skin colour and facial features as a kind of rude determiner of cultural origin, although that is becoming less and less relevant with the intermingling of various peoples.
People’s cultural origin is important in terms of how they act. For instance whether they came out of an agrarian or hunter gatherer society will determine how much emphasis is placed on delayed gratification.
What it all might come down to is: Are you predisposed to delay gratification or not?
The reason for this is that people in an agrarian society have to think a year ahead.
If there was any genetic influence upon gratification delay then this it could have quite an effect on perceived differences between ‘races’.

There’s a couple of other considerations: Firstly, if your ancestors were civilization based, then you might be physically less developed than people from other backgrounds and vice-versa .
Whether civilization increases intelligence is debatable, but it certainly allows myth builders to flourish – For instance if you can convince people of a myth they will feed you, as in the case of priests and moral philosophers.


The race myth was debunked many years ago but still persists:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/11392926/The-white-man-who-pretended-to-be-black.html

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Race Myths part II – Race mixing

I have a theory as to the arising of a particular kind of racism that is seen in countries such as America and New Zealand.

Generally, if there is a difference between the economic performance of different ethnic groups it can be attributed to the culture of that group. But if you have a smaller less advanced group that comes into contact with a civilized group, then I would expect the tribal group to be genetically superior because they would have more eugenic processes occurring within it.

But if the larger genetically inferior group had all the power, then a complex psycho-sexual process would take hold whereby the members of the smaller group would attempt to become economically equal to the dominant group, and unless there was a strong taboo in intermarriage this would happen at an individual level.

What this means in effect is that men from the dominant group who could not get a desirable enough woman from within their own social structure could instead take women from the marginalised group. That way the woman could share in the resources of the dominant group. On the other hand even desirable men from the marginalised group would only have access to less desirable women.

If there was a no ‘identifier’ such as skin colour then it wouldn’t matter and the group would be absorbed – such as Irish and East Europeans (who were initially considered inferior) into American society.

However if there was an intergenerational identifier then it may well result in the ghettoization of the marginalised group such as American Blacks.

(The ghettoization would initially be a result of a less successful culture taking hold and using some genetically inheritable marker as a way of determining who should have that culture.)

Basically there would be an infusion of genes from lower status people in the dominant group into marginalised group, which might over the course of time take it from being overall genetically superior to being overall genetically inferior however this would be a result of the inferior genes from the dominant group rather than any inherent defect.

It is worth mentioning that this effect (if it were proven) should not be used to discriminate against any person in particular over and above other factors.

Yet it does seem that simple denial of difference is a little naive. There is the situation where various agencies announce that the races are existent but equal, and yet individual citizens notice increased criminality and/or less economic success amongst marginalised ‘race’ groups. So naturally those persons make judgments based on their own personal experience of races, that in turn increases the marginalisation of those groups.

If there is a genetic influence on at least it should be recognised that the object of discrimination is misplaced it is not the original genetic propensities of the marginalised group that is the problem but the rejected ones of the dominant group.

To give a final illustrative example; the British during the 19th century noticed that the Maori were able to construct military defenses that were more sophisticated than any in Europe at the time. So some argument might be made for Maori superiority. Yet now they are a marginalised group so how did that happen?

This theory would account for many ‘superior’ Maori genes being put into the overall European settler gene pool and not being identified by race, whereas in the smaller marginalised group because of its size retains its racial identifiers.

E.g Typical modern New Zealand European might be 1/20th Maori ‘good’ genes which aren’t identifiable and the modern Maori might be 1 half ‘bad’ Maori genes and 1 half ‘bad’ European genes and still identifiable by race.

Note: These figures are totally arbitrary for illustrative purposes only.

Note 2: When I use the term ‘bad genes’ what I mean is genes that may well be more biologically successful than ‘good genes’ but which (if they produced certain tendencies) are currently socially disfavoured.

The whole problem around this issue arises as a result of overt racism by society in western countries being got rid of by the 60s, because that was thought of as the cause of inequality, with the believed result that once blatant discrimination was got rid of then everyone would be equal. When of course it didn’t work out like that those hard won social concession were too important to give up. So what they did was turn it all around into some sort of crypto covert racism of something like:

Well it’s these people’s culture not being accounted for and respected which is now the problem.” – And guess what? They can tell what culture you’re supposed to have by what race you are, (and to do that they’ll still use the same 19th century notions of race)

That is how we got to our current racist society, which says it isn’t, but which infact assigns people to a particular cultural straightjacket based on race, even when it must be admitted that any traditional culture is going to have a negative economic performance in the modern world.

So it could be said that assigning culture by race is a tactic of dominant economic groups to ensure their continued economic domination.