How do we eradicate racism?

How to Eradicate 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: How do we eradicate racism?

Racism is a sour issue loaded with controversy and stress. Thorny as it may be, we need collective action to address the subject. I believe it is within our intellectual, emotional, and spiritual capacities to solve this most pressing social ill. A testament to the human resolve is our collective achievements in science, technology, travel, medicine, education and so on.

Unfortunately, government, social justice warriors, and charitable organizations don’t pay as much attention to and don’t pour adequate resources into eradicating racism as they do for other ills such as cancer, diabetes, and poverty. 

To fix the issue, many academics have studied this problem and have advanced diverse ideas to address this blight on human consciousness. What follows are some of these proposed solutions.

Rapid globalization means that homogeneous groups have migrated to different parts of the world in greater numbers than ever before. Consequently, many conflicting traditions, values, and needs destroy harmonious coexistence. In such a context, is the concept of race still relevant? Should we strive to do away with the word?

In Anthropology News, E. Thompson wrote in a scholarly article, “A change in terminology is not going to fundamentally change all the conditions and impulses that accompany the horrors of race, ethnicity, nationalism and similar ideological schemes.” What this means is that the concept of race is deeply embedded in our psyche, and swapping words would not change much in the way humans treat each other.

Similarly, according to Monica Williams, Ph.D., racism will never go away as long as there are differences between people that are unlikely to be eradicated in the foreseeable future. Monica Williams argues against being “color blind.” She proposes that “multiculturalism is better than blindness.” To conclude, she makes the following suggestions:

1. Recognize and value differences.

2. Teach and learn about differences.

3. Foster personal friendships and organizational alliances.

In my own experience, these are the most fundamental rules to promote harmony in a diverse society.

Janice M. McCabe studied multiculturalism versus integration. She concludes that the fusion of different cultures and races into one mix will never happen. Cultural and racial inheritance is too ingrained in human identity. Perhaps it can happen in fringe areas. Canada is definitely at the forefront of promoting these noble goals.

Researcher Kang Lee, mentioned earlier, suggests combating racism by avoiding contaminating children’s minds with it at an early age. There are two specific approaches:

1. Parents should avoid labeling people by race.

2. Expose children to different faces at an early age to prevent racial bias.

This could be tricky. If we want to celebrate multiculturalism, labeling comes naturally. But placing names on minority groups becomes detrimental when it has negative connotations. Often, labels are used to appreciate and include, a common practice in many Canadian cities, such as during Caribana, Taste of the Danforth (enjoying Greek food and culture), Chinatown, and National Aboriginal Day.

Exposing kids to different races is a matter of fact in big population centers. In Toronto schools, students or their parents come from many parts of the world. It gives me hope that race will be a non-issue as children and youth are raised in a diverse environment so that it becomes their natural habitat.

An argument could be made that people should celebrate differences. It means teaching them that other races have positive associations just as their own race does. Labeling is fine too. I have been called a brown-skinned person and Southeast Indian, which is true and I don’t get offended.

Of course, the skeptics among us may not believe human harmony is possible. To them, I say, remember the trees of human capacities that have yielded fruits in other social areas. For example, in 1916, women in four western provinces were given the right to vote. Who would have thought that before the century ended, women would be prime ministers and heads of government in several provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec? Keep in mind that, in those days, women were considered to be chattel. The idea that women could have the same capacities as men was beyond comprehension for many. When it comes to gender parity, consciousness has improved.

When it comes to racial harmony, I go even beyond the peaceful existence of diverse groups. In a later post, I examine how oneness of humanity, when achieved, will result in all of us being part of a global family as promised in the scriptures of many world religions. Yes, the tree of our collective society will continue to flourish until it yields prosperity, harmony, and enhanced human capacities the likes of which no one has seen.   

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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