What is race?

What is racism?
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Praise for Preserving Oneness of Humanity

An uplifting read, “Preserving Oneness of Humanity” contains pearls of wisdom and a perspective that is missing from the discourse on human and planetary development…V. M. Gopaul describes oneness as the “new frontier of our collective consciousness”…The premise of the book is simple yet profound…racism is not innate but is a disease which can be “caught” during early childhood from the social environment and is expressed as a learned behavior; as such, it can also be eradicated through the development of spiritual, intellectual and emotional capacities.  

– Jean Parker Ph.D.

This book is intended as an antidote to throwing up one’s hands in despair. He wrote it…out of a sense of urgency. He feels that there is a desperate need for these ideas and solutions. –Ed de Jong

Unlike so many doom and gloom books written today, this book is a breath of fresh air with positive solutions for the future and good news about our successful achievements as people and nations of planet Earth.

–Saundra Arnold.

V.M Gopaul devotes time towards keeping his readers informed about the root of social injustice—leading to violence and racist acts. Convincingly, the writer shows that inside each human being lies an instinct which has both evil and good qualities. –Vimal Kodai

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Golden Rule  1

CHAPTER 2: Power of Oneness, A personal story  5

CHAPTER 3: One Thousand Paper cranes   13

CHAPTER 4: One Good Deed Pays Big Dividends  17

CHAPTER 5: Freedom of Speech  23

CHAPTER 6: Riches of Oseola  31

CHAPTER 7: Racism is a Disease  37

CHAPTER 8: What is Race?  45

CHAPTER 9: How do we eradicate racism?  53

CHAPTER 10: Racists come in all colors  59

CHAPTER 11: Power of forgiveness  65

CHAPTER 12: Tribalism won’t last forever, thank God  73

CHAPTER 13: Who is telling the truth?  81

CHAPTER 14: A glimpse of compassion after arson at Mosque in Peterborough  89

CHAPTER 15: Ever expanding consciousness  95

CHAPTER 16: PURE LOVE IN A BOX  105

CHAPTER 17: The king and the dervish, Attachment to identity, religion, and wealth  115

CHAPTER 18: Erasing hatred one power wash at a time  123

CHAPTER 19: Institutions Under Attack  129

CHAPTER 20: The power of courage  139

CHAPTER 8: What is race?

In most social environments, I am hyper-aware of the racial composition of any group. Whether at a party, in the subway, at the mall, or at the gym, I notice the people of color, their clothing, and the way they interact with each other. Frequently, I find I’m the person with the darkest skin. Also, I feel very comfortable in any mix. 

But when I am with my family, in which the variation is from blue-eyed blond to black, I see everyone in terms of my relations: wife, daughter, son, nephew, in-law, brother, sister or grandchild.

Race science, going as far back as 1600, has weighed in on the definition of the human species. This knowledge has evolved remarkably. Early documents, most of them authored by Europeans, concluded that the whiter the color of the skin the smarter the race. Early classifications contained five major groups: Caucasoid, Negroid, Mongoloid, Australoid, and Amerind. With further analysis and study, the categories were reduced to three: Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid. This race study reaffirmed the idea of superior and inferior races based on skin color.

As a result, preserving one’s pure race has become the goal of many groups to such an extent that members marry first cousins.

Furthermore, from the late 19th century onwards, the concept of the Aryan race has been used as a form of scientific racism, a pseudoscience used by the proponents of Nazism and neo-Nazism to promote the ideology of discrimination and supremacy.

Aryanism developed as a racial ideology that claimed the Aryan race was a master race. Many have adopted this concept of superiority in different parts of the world, including the Middle East, Iran, and India. The Nazi Bureau of Race Research bestowed Aryan status to all Japanese people.

In 1936, in his political testament, Hitler stated, “Pride in one’s own race—and that does not imply contempt for other races—is also a normal and healthy sentiment. I have never regarded the Chinese or the Japanese as being inferior to ourselves. They belong to ancient civilizations, and I admit freely that their history is superior to our own.”

Fortunately, in the last seven decades, the idea of racial superiority has been slowly dying.

In 1944, Ontario’s Racial Discrimination Act prohibited any signs or publications expressing racial or religious discrimination, and in the same year, the province passed a regulation under the Community Halls Act to proscribe discrimination in halls that received public funds. Other provinces followed suit.

In western countries, any racial discrimination is prohibited by law and punishable should one be found guilty of such action. This is a good trend in the evolution of human consciousness. It is also true we have a long way to go. 

What do biologists, scientists, anthropologists, and theologians think of race?

The concept of pure race is a myth. This idea of a pure breed only exists in animals. Pure horse breeding is a preoccupation of some. Realistically, with humans, there is no such thing as a pure race. For the sake of our education, let’s debunk this myth of race superiority once and for all.

Let’s start with India. The population classification of the Indian subcontinent is complicated. The habitation of the Dravidian race in ancient India goes back to the 5th century BCE and is mostly found in the south. Anthropologists classified this group as having physical features similar to Australian aboriginals. From the North, the Aryan race, a sub-race to the Caucasoid race and coming from Europe through Persia, moved into part of the Dravidian territory. Furthermore, the Mongolian invaders, notably Genghis Khan, from a nomadic tribe north of China, ruled part of India. Also, waves of migrants and invaders over many millennia pulverized the racial identity of India into a mixture of all racial categories.  

The Middle East was also a major crossroad. When I lived in Israel, I visited Tel Megiddo, one of the most interesting historical and archaeological sites. It has many layers of cities built over many centuries. The site was inhabited from approximately 7000 BCE to 586 BCE. During the Bronze Age, Megiddo was an important Canaanite city-state, and during the Iron Age, a royal city in the Kingdom of Israel. Megiddo drew much of its importance from its strategic location along the trade route of the ancient Fertile Crescent, linking Egypt with Mesopotamia and Asia Minor.

Over many centuries, the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Philistines, Turks, French, and British have invaded what is known as modern Israel. Intermingling and cross-breeding between groups have increasingly mixed the gene pool, thus diluting the concept of pure race. Some in this part of the world may still believe they belong to a pure race, but history has proven them wrong.

France, like many European countries, has been occupied by Greeks, Romans, Germans, and British, thus making its population a mixture of many types of blood. In modern times, migrants from all over the world have moved to different European countries, and none can claim to be of a pure race.

These three examples clearly show that the concept of pure race is fast crumbling in our modern world.

But the most important finding is in biology. The latest frontier for the biologist is DNA and its influence on race. We know that our hair, skin color, eyes, height, and body frame are shaped by the DNA inherited from both parents. The most revealing aspect of this science is that there is no such thing as a pure race. The genetic makeup of any person has characteristics of many racial backgrounds. For example, a blue-eyed German may have inherited genes from the French, English, Greek, Indian, Persian, and so on.

It is common knowledge that Africa was the cradle of the first humans. From those early generations, people migrated to all parts of the world, making all of us undoubtedly part of the human race. According to biologists, each human being, regardless of background, is 99 percent similar to any other human being.

The physical qualities pale compared to our intellectual capacities. One of our most outstanding characteristics is the power of understanding, a unique capacity among all the inhabitants of this planet.

As an example, children all over the world are capable of learning math, an ability reserved for humans. Regardless of ethnic or economic background, schools around the world teach science and arts to young minds. Children do well in these subjects and other activities. The ability to understand the nature of things around us is one of the great equalizing forces of our time, a way to promote empowerment and justice.

Through understanding, we gather knowledge and are able to accomplish myriad feats in science, space travel, and medicine. In the last century, Europeans and North Americans have been at the forefront of astonishing inventions. Now, it is true that the Chinese, Indians, Africans, and South Americans can accomplish whatever the Caucasians have done in past decades. This emerging trend, which extends throughout the world, demonstrates that the idea of superiority or inferiority based on race is diminishing.

Besides the physical and intellectual, there are spiritual powers that cannot be ignored. Humans are capable of love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness. These spiritual capacities are universally recognized as part of our human consciousness.

Therefore, in my opinion, while we cannot ignore DNA as part of our bodily makeup, the most important aspect of human nature is our spiritual experience. Unfortunately, science so far has paid too much attention to race, which divides us, while at the same time it has been incapable of exploring the higher nature of being a human.

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