[Jakarta, LttW] We are today, as a globalized humanity, plagued by hate among fellow men, hate upon each other. One form of this manifest hate is fueled by a fear and loathing of those who are of different ‘races’ to us.
But what exactly is racism? For example, sometimes Indonesians in Jakarta refer affectionately to white-skinned foreigners as the ‘bule’. Truth be told the term can be considered derogatory when we trace the term’s original meaning which can be translated more or less as “sickly pale”. But Indonesians may argue that ‘bule’ is a ‘term of endearment’. We do not mean ill when we use the term ‘bule’, in fact we love our ‘bule’ neighbors and we call him/her ‘bule’ because we are so close to each other. ‘Bule’, the argument goes, does not contain any negative/pejorative meaning.
And yet many scientific research efforts into human genetics have basically concluded that all humans of different “races” are basically genetically identical; that there are, in essence and scientifically, only one single human genetic race. Here in this article by columnist Adam Rutherford, it is argued once again that there are no scientific basis for racism. With links to contemporary genetic research and opinions from evolutionary research pioneers Charles Darwin and others.
When we think about it, racism is not the only issue where human behavior runs contradictory to scientific facts. For example in the case of environmental damage caused by how humans throw away their waste without care. And still we regularly throw trash into our rivers, causing flooding in our own neighborhoods.
So what do you think? Why are humans racist? Is there any such thing as “different human races”? And also, why do we keep failing to apply scientific learning in our daily lives? Feel free to publish a comment below if you feel otherwise.