Race                                    May 2018

There are people that accept evolutionary theory as law on the basis of a tiny 4% differential between chimpanzees and man. That may seem like a small difference until you consider that we have about 3,000,000,000 chunks of DNA code in each of us. So the more formidable number is that 4% is also 120,000,000 points of difference. Interesting how something so very different would be accepted, isn’t it?

Some of those same people see virtually no difference between a Chinese man and a black woman but believe that one is superior to the other in basketball, math, family continuity and intelligence, as though those things were governed by DNA.   We are roughly 99.9% similar according to a New York Times article. This .001 difference causes small changes in skin color, hair, and face among other things, most of which have no importance whatsoever.

My wife is Jewish by heritage. My son is therefore Jewish by blood lines. I played Little League with Native Americans. I marched in civil rights demonstrations in Missouri in 1965. I taught summer school in the ghettos of Kansas City. I lived and worked for a year in one of Mexico’s poorest communities. So I have full exposure to all the diversity in the races. I should have some feelings about the differences. I do not.

During my lifetime, starting in 1947, the struggle to identify which group one belongs to has voiced some interesting results. When I was quite young, one people “group” was called Colored, then Negro, then Black, then African-American, and now I hear Black is the preferred term again. To me that signals a difficulty in deciding what makes up that group. Even within it (if there is a true “within”) there are differentials. Once in the 1990’s I overheard two African-American women talking about this. “Well, is the baby dark like him, or light like her?”

So why are there so many problems between the races? I blame those who profit the most from conflict. The media says, “We have never been more divided.” They highlight articles of acclaim for someone whose point of interest is her skin color. They denigrate one who is in trouble or just a suspect and point out his race. They thrive on chaos, and when they can point out differentials, they jump on them like cats on mice.   They grumble about inequality and then spend a majority of their broadcasts CREATING separation between the races. Their corporate profits are improved by increasing their viewership, listenership, and readership by claiming that there is vast injustice based on race. Haves vs. have-nots, whites vs. blacks, women vs. men, atheists vs. Christians, and the list goes on and on.   THEY divide us.

It is “natural” for us to divide ourselves if we lack understanding.   It is also “natural” to slug someone that offends you, “natural” to jump into bed with the next person that comes along, “natural” to get inebriated whenever the mood strikes, and “natural” to grab all that we can get our hands on and never give back.   Aren’t we better than all that?   Or are we really like the chimpanzees beating on the albino until she leaves the tribe or dies?

Galatians 3:28 “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

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