How long will this continue?
As America burns, those who should protect and serve are the ones who kill and feel they stand higher than others. The seeds of bigotry, bias, discrimination and inequality were sown by the ideology and “scientific study” of 18th Century European scientists. Their legacy has spread and taken root all across the world. Knowledge is power.
“Whoever does no good in the time of ability will see distress in the time of inability”.
“No one is more unlucky than an oppressor of men Because in the day of calamity no one is his friend”
– Admonition 15: Golestan of Saadi
NOT JUST AN AFRICAN AMERICAN OR “BLACK” MAN. GEORGE FLOYD WAS A PERSON, A SON, BROTHER, FATHER AND GRANDFATHER.
Blumenbach and Linnaeus’ hierarchical classification and self serving labels that exist to this day were never the invention of “black” “yellow” or “tawny people”. The 10th edition of Linnaeus’ classic “Systema Naturae”, published in 1758-9, included five categories or sub-species of human, applying bigoted value judgements on top of basic biological traits in order to classify humans: “Afer (meaning black Africans, were lazy, cunning females), Americanus (red-skinned with black hair), Asiaticus (yellow, severe, haughty and greedy people), Europoeus (white, gentle, acute, civilised and inventive)” and additionally two other categories: “the Homo sapiens monostrosus (feral, people) and Homo sapiens ferus (wild children)”.
Similarly Blumenbach claimed Caucasians to be “the most handsome and pleasing class” and “race”: allotting first place to this “variety”. Is it not time, that we shook off these 18th century disingenuous oppressive chains instead of embracing and “reclaiming” names which contain a pernicious, bigoted, rotten ideology of the “Caucasian variety“. It’s time we rejected the language of “race” and the hierarchical “cultural taxonomic social construct” of previous centuries; and redefine who and what we want to be. We are one.
Times up for platitudes and inaction!
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