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Originally Posted by UglyPug
Who walks around feeling superior to others? Mate, humanity in general has a very dark, barbaric history. . . We have a heart-break history indeed. . . But we must look at history through a proper scope, and realize that white racism was not the exception, it was the rule. . . In that white people enslaving others, committing acts of genocide, etc. is NOT UNIQUE to just "white people." Go back to the dark ages in Europe, and you see that the Moors (whether or not they were black is up for debate, but they were definitely not white) were conquering, capturing, and enslaving white EUropeans. . . I mean, they must have been like "look at these barbaric, stupid white poeple. . . They don't even know how to bathe"! I mean, Japanese committed mass murder against other Asian races. . . Black people in sub-saharan Africa - the Xhosa, Zulus among others - were enslaving each other, and murdering each other for their differences. . .
I think we should be educated on the dark side of our history . . . So we can see where we came from, and learn from our mistakes. . . But we don't need to single out one race for the wrongs they committed. . Like I said, you gotta look at history through a proper scope - going all the way back to the Egyptians. . . There was a period in time where black/brown people were conquering, attempting to colonize, and enslaving whites (Europeans). Charles Martel finally fought them back out of Europe, though. . Then a few hundred years later, it was white people's turn. . . We've all been pricks. . .
It's perfectly normal, and healthy for a person to have racial pride, though. Not pride in the sense that you accomplished something by being born into a certain race, but just that those ancestors were your extended family. . . Race is not a social construct - it is very real, biological aspect of who we are. We're all still humans, and share the same main characteristics, of course, but we are also different in ways too. This is a good thing, though.
I respectfully disagree with you with respect to race. It is a social construct. There aren't enough genetic differences between humans to be classified by race or sub species. There's more genetic variation within groups than in between them. Humans would have to have an Fst of at least .25 relative to other populations in the species. Fst scores average .17 within humans. If you closely examine the distribution of ultraviolet radiation across the globe and the skin color distribution of the indigenous populations in those regions, there is a direct correlation.
Human skin comes in a great variety of colors, but there is no true black or true white or bright red or yellow skin, rather there are subtle gradations from very dark brown/black to near ivory white. There is an infinite gradation from one color to another.