We are all guilty of racism, but few of us will admit it
IN PARTS one to three we established that:
• Contrary to the politically correct mantra that “there is only one race, the human race”, there are indeed many different races, but only one human species.
• What is called “racism” today is not so much prejudice against race in itself, but is rather a broad prejudice against what is culturally and behaviourally different to what we are accustomed to, on the part of races other than our own. “Racism” has little to do with race as such, and everything to do with the cultural and behavioural differences existing between races.
• “Racism” — prejudice against those culturally different to oneself — is in fact the inescapable flip side of self-identification with one’s community; the approval of and loyalty to one’s own kin. In other words, favour for those culturally similar to oneself.
• Defined as suspicion of and prejudice against what is different to what we are personally familiar with and accustomed to in our own race, “racism” or cultural prejudice is a survival adaptation deeply ingrained in human nature, whether we like the fact or not.
• Every society on earth was “racist” right up until the middle of the 20th century, and “racism” had, in fact, until then always and everywhere been the social norm.
• The reason that the social norm suddenly changed after millennia from “racism” to “anti-racism” in the West was not sudden moral enlightenment, but the high social costs and political conflict brought about by the mixing of previously physically separate racial populations.
Despite the enormous social pressure on the Western individual today to deny having any negative “racial” feelings whatsoever, in the light of the considerations above and on the balance of probability, everybody, or virtually everybody, on earth is likely to be to some degree or other “racially” prejudiced. And the more strongly they identify positively with their own cultural group, the more likely it is that they will be susceptible to negative “racial” feelings regarding other cultural groups.