Humanism + Racism + Colorism + Classism

Humanism – the belief human beings are able to live ethical and fulfilled lives – apart from a theistic deity – for the greater good. 

Racism – the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.

Colorism – discrimination or prejudice based on dark skin tone among members of the same ethnic or racial group. 

Classism – the belief that a person’s social or economic station in society determines their value in that society. 

These are real terms. These are real issues. 

To understand the racism we are experiencing today, we need to go back the origins of mankind and the subsequent evolution and eliminations of species. 

Homo Sapiens – the least tolerant of all human species – remained standing when all other species disappeared (read “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari). 

Inside the DNA of Homo Sapiens is fear and intolerance. 

Read that again. 

When understanding Diversity & Inclusion, (1) we must start with the uncomfortable truth that we can be humanistic AND racist, colorist and classist, (2) the Homo Sapiens’ DNA is built for intolerance and fear and (3) we should not be surprised when we experience or witness racism, colorism and classism. 

Racism, Colorism and Classism are part of the human experience. 

Every species on planet Earth is fearful of most other species, including fear and intolerance among the same species. 

We must expect the same pains.  

What can we do? That’s for tomorrow. 

Rise Higher,

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