Racism Could Lead To Nuclear War

By Donald A. Collins | 3 December 2021
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One of my longtime friends in reading my piece “Is The American Empire Too Sick To Recover? Only If We Recognize Our Copious Errors” felt what I said about the prospect of fixing racism was naive.

Quoting in part what I said in my 12/2/21 Op Ed,

Whatever drives our racism, be it religious fantasies, the lust for power or the simple striving for adequate food and shelter, we need now to realize that our survival needs reassessment.

What’s the path toward a possible fixing? I’m not that smart, but the denial of the uniqueness of this time in our planet’s history will insure the unsustainable habitability of all creatures on earth. The continuing absence of definitive action on climate by all nations suggests a bleak future not far away.

You can read my Op Ed in full here.

My friend also sent me his letter to Time. I don’t know if it got used, but he then emailed me that racism has always been with us and is uncurable and will persist.

Here is his letter dated Dec 6, 2021

“Racism has been and will always be a thorn in humanity’s feet…it finds its roots in every tribe of humans since the dawn of time…it’s been a survival mechanism…it’s in human DNA to be racist…it will not go away with education, enlightenment or wealth. The best different colors of humans can do is respect one another’s right to life.” John W. Hall, anthropologist

That statement by that person pretty much sums up everything dealing with racism in America. There’s been racism since the Romans, Chinese, Japanese, and every tribe on the planet. Even the Native Americans were racists in that they would kill any opposing tribal member who encroached on their land.

Wherever there is race mixing, there is racism. In South Africa, there are several parties that kill Whites, and those same Black parties want to throw all Whites out of Africa. The Chinese, Japanese, et al are racist as they are all tribal.

It may be an opportunity for Time Magazine to admit that we cannot solve racism, but in fact, attempt to educate Americans of different races on how to respect one another.

I responded as follows:

You are of course right on about the history of racism. The only wild hope I expressed in my Op Ed is the fact that an (overabundance of) human life on planet earth is going to force new calculations as to handling climate and human numbers.

As military incursions and wars have proved, the next step could be nuclear.

I am not an optimist, but in reading Scientific American I am amazed at the many new innovations that may help us with climate and other problems. But the bottom line is that infinite growth of human numbers on a finite planet is not possible.

Our call as humans is to better deal with racism or it could go nuclear.

Best for the future???????????????

The constant possibility of major hostility worldwide with Russia’s plan to invade Ukraine or China’s constant threat to invade Taiwan suggests that fixing the threat of war may be tougher than fixing racism or are the two intimately related??

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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