Sunday, 16 August 2009

USA Still Burdened by and Perpetuating Nazi "Racial" Concepts

"Nazi" is still a dirty four-letter word in the USA, synonymous with hatred and annihilation of others aroused by their skin color, their religion or their nationality. Adolph Hitler killed millions in gas chambers simply because they were not members of a purported “master race.”

As much as we in the United States believe our ideology to be vastly different from Hitler's, we still have much fundamentally in common linguistically with Adolph Hitler's Third Reich. Hitler believed that human beings could be divided into separate "races" that were fundamentally genetically different from each other, not only in superficial terms such as skin color, hair and facial characteristics, but also in terms of other profound and fundamental biological differences.

Americans deeply share the Nazi belief in the existence of "race", with over 42 million hits for the word "racial" at Google. One need only read the New York Times or Washington Post to confirm that Americans (as quoted in American newspapers) still believe that of different skin colors are part of separate human "races". The New York Times printed the following paragraph in one recent article:

In dozens of interviews in seven states over the last several days, black men and women like Mr. Sallis said they were feeling more optimistic about race relations than even a year ago, when Mr. Obama em“I feel a lot more comfortable starting up a conversation with people of other races on the streets now than I did before,” said Mitch Hansch, 29, a white waiter in New York City.

( . . .)

“Since Obama was elected, racial tensions seem a little lower. I think it’s fantastic.”“I feel a lot more comfortable starting up a conversation with people of other races on the streets now than I did before,” said Mitch Hansch, 29, a white waiter in New York City. Susan Saulny, NYT

In spite of the 2007 announcement by the United States’ Government’s Human Genome Project that there is no biological basis to believe in the existence of separate races, yet Americans -- Black, white and other -- still believe in separate "races" today with the same conviction that Adolph Hitler did during the Second World war.

The American Journal of Color Arousal is a Journal (AMJCA) was founded to report upon and catalyze the progress of Americans toward the day when proven genetic science will conquer the biological ignorance of Hitlerian belief in the existence of separate "races" within the human species. The AMJCA reports:

Human Genome Project Disproves Concept of "Race"

According to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Human Genome Program,

"DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modern humans. While different genes for physical traits such as skin and hair color can be identified between individuals, no consistent patterns of genes across the human genome exist to distinguish one race from another. There also is no genetic basis for divisions of human ethnicity. People who have lived in the same geographic region for many generations may have some alleles in common, but no allele will be found in all members of one population and in no members of any other." U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Human Genome Program

In other words, the Human Genome Project has proven that, as a matter of scientific fact, that which we call "race" does not exist as a matter of biology, and so all references to "race" are references to a fallacy. AMJCA

Although we in America believe ourselves to the the antithesis of Hitlerian ideology, our fundamental belief about the nature and meaning of skin color are actually quite similar to Hitler’s beliefs, even though our Government’s expensive and exhaustive genetic science program, mapping the human genome in its entirety, has since proved that Hitler was wrong and so is the New York Times.

When one compares the New York Times fundamental belief in race to that of the Stormfront white supremacist organization, one has to conclude that their Hitlerian belief in the existence of biological race is one and the same. Another article in the American Journal of Color Arousal points out:

The New York Times and the white supremacist group Storm Front share a [Hitlerian] belief that there are significant and fundamental "racial" differences between color and linguistic groups based upon and residing in their genetic heritage. If you consult the Storm Front white supremacist group's website, you will discover that, in spite of the findings to the contrary of the Human Genome Project, Storm Front still believes in the theory of "race" -- that you can discern meaningful and fundamental genetic differences between people with white skin, brown and Black skin by making reference to their skin color, facial characteristics and the languages they speak.

One writer at Storm Front, reviewing the white supremacist David Duke's "My Awakening", says, for example:

It’s the question to which Carleton Putnam’s Race and Reason led David Duke. “I asked myself,” writes David Duke, “What if the things [Carleton Putnam] writes are true? What if the distinctions, quality and composition of races are the primary factors in the vitality of civilizations (My Awakening, 37) …”It alarmed me to think of the implications of race having a cardinal role in the creation and maintenance of culture and civilization. If true, then replacement of the White race through immigration and race-mixing could conceivably destroy Western Civilization itself.” (43)

In a paper David Duke wrote early in his career, he summarized Putnam’s thesis: “It is his belief that a civilization is the product of the particular racial group that created it and that demographic replacement of the founding race, through race-mixing, immigration, and differential birthrates, will diminish and ultimately destroy the vitality of the culture and civilization.” (43)

( . . . )

Genetics may enable some people to become great athletes or entertainers or to be shrewd at bargaining and splitting hairs. But it is the very special type of intelligence of our own race that has founded Western Civilization. And it is thatspecial type of intelligence that will someday lead us to the star.

Evidently, David Duke's "awakening" is based on the premise that "races" exist in the first place, and that is a premise that is, every day of the week, supported by the New York Times, even though the premise has been conclusively disproved by 20th and 21st century empirical science.

Today, for example, Ian Urbana of the Times publishes an article entitled, "After Trial, Tensions Simmer Over Race" (emphasis added). In the article, Urbina says:

And while many white residents said there were no RACIAL tensions locally except those being sparked by news coverage and claims from out-of-town civil rights groups, Latinos offered a different view.

( . . . )

“I was skeptical of the claim that there were RACIAL tensions in town,” he said, “but then the details started coming out and people started speaking up. I was shocked by what they were saying.” (Emphasis added.)

In the context of the article, it is clear that the writer, by the use of the word "racial", is subscribing to the very beliefs about skin color that are fundamental to David Duke's and Storm Front's white supremacist ideation. That is, both the New York Times and Storm Front believe that you can look at someone's skin color, national origin and language and thereby distinguish what "race" they belong to. For so long as the New York Times promotes this theory of "race", it will be significantly harder to isolate those at Storm Front who share the same theory.

When we analyze the Hitlerian “racialist” language used in our foremost newspapers, in television news, and in discussions between Americans with brown skin and with white skin, the conclusion is inevitable that many or most of us still believe in the Nazi concept of separate "races" just as much today as Adolph Hitler did seventy years ago, during the Second World War and before the scientific discoveries made by the United States Government –sponsored Human Genome Project.

Whether we look to the “liberal” New York Times, the radical white supremacist terrorist organization Stormfront, the nightly news or our conversations among Americans of the same skin color or different skin colors, the inevitable conclusion is that most of us believe in separate “races” just as much as Adolph Hitler did.

This is no mere semantic discussion, because the belief in "race" has had profound policy repercussions in the past and present. For example, during the World War II it is fair to assume that many servicemembers died because they did not receive blood transfusion, based on the biologically erroneous idea that blood from members of the postulated black "race" could not or should not be mixed with the blood of members of the white "race".

Dr. Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 - April 1, 1950) was an American medical doctor and surgeon who started the idea of a blood bank and a system for the long-term preservation of blood plasma (he found that plasma kept longer than whole blood). His ideas revolutionized the medical profession and have saved many, many lives.

Dr. Drew set up and operated the blood plasma bank at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, NY. Drew's project was the model for the Red Cross' system of blood banks, of which he became the first director. Drew resigned his position as director after the US War Department issued a directive stating that blood taken from white donors should not be mixed with blood taken from black donors. Dr. Drew strongly objected, and stated "the blood of individual human beings may differ by blood groupings, but there is absolutely no scientific basis to indicate any difference in human blood from race to race." Dr. Drew also formed Britain's blood bank system. Enchanted Learning (Emphasis added.

With so many servicemembers dying for lack of blood transfusions, the cost of the belief in "race" was obviously very high and deadly to those white and brown-skinned servicemembers who were denied blood transfusions because of Nazi-like conviction in the existence of nonexistent "racial differences". It is equally difficult to estimate the cost to Americans in the present of the continued Nazi belief in the existence of separate "races" within the human species.

What is certain, based on the persistent and uniquitous use of the terms "race", "racial" (See Google), "racist" and "races" is that linguistically, politically, ideologically, culturally and economically, the belief in the concept of "race" continues to hold almost as much currency in 21st Century America as it did in Nazi Germany, before the science of genetics proved that "race" does not exist.

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