Racism is Only Natural

Humans are selfish beings. From the moment of our conception our world revolves around ourselves.

In order for us to care about others we need to be taught either that others are worth caring about, or that it is in our best interests to pretend to care about them, or both. A lesson most of us learn rather quickly to one degree or another.

It extends logically then, that we will like those things, and people, that are like ourselves. As a result we can come to first mistrust, the fear, then avoid, next disdain, and ultimately hate those that, in our perception, are not like ourselves. It’s only natural.

So if racism is natural, is it good too?

To answer that, we must go back in history thousands of years to when humans first dispersed through the world. Those people had common ancestors who they had actually met. They looked alike. What differences they had were largely superficial.

Most importantly they had heard first- or second-hand accounts of people who had spoken to God conversationally. They even had heard perhaps third-hand accounts of the origin of Mankind and even of the first birth of a human.

Each of them had a common ancestor who they themselves or their grandparents had known personally.

Each man and woman propagated to the next generation someone who looked much like them, who looked much like that common ancestor. Each of them knew that their children were born in the image of their first-father and that he in turn was made in the image of God Himself.

It is this point that I have finally come to that brings us back to the question of whether racism is good. If each person is born in the image of our first-father then how can we hate those who bear that image?

As if that were not clear enough, God then spoke to us to remove all doubt. He not only commanded us, but declared it to be his second most important commandment.

עַמֶּךָ וְאָֽהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמֹוךָ

Love your neighbor as yourself.

Hating another person, for any reason, it abhorrent to God. It is an abomination, which is an old way of saying that it smells bad.

So much of what is natural is not good. Selfishness, hatred, greed, rage, these are natural. But we are called to sacrifice, love, generosity, and self-control.

Racism is only natural. We must rise above nature and cry out to our Creator to beg for the power to live according to His ways.