Will Racism Lead To The 6th Mass Extinction For The Majority Of Homo Sapiens?

By Donald A. Collins | 24 February 2023
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Do All of Us Realize That Ukrainians Are Just One of Many Symbols of our likely fate??

For many American people their racism is buried so deep they don’t think they are racists!

Does racism drive our failure to fix our climate and population woes?

We all feel sorry for those suffering hardships of so many kinds. The daily horror stories out of Ukraine make us feel so lucky, but other huge examples of the pain administered by other dictators around the world besides Putin also get daily media coverage.

In short, we are not understanding the real implications of where racism has brought us and where it is taking us faster than we understand.

Putin completely misunderstood that his invasion would not be greeted with open arms in Ukraine just as Hitler thought Scandinavia would.

Racial similarities don’t ensure a willingness to accept tyranny. However, differences in skin color, religions and attitudes about governance do.

But human differences are not all racial—we are physiologically all the same—yet the misperceived physiological differences between people of appearances have driven most ethnic groups to seek hegemony over other homo sapiens. As you know there are too many examples to bother citing any here. However that grasping for power by ethic groups has put all flora and fauna on our earth in danger of massive extinction.

My own personal recognition of the deep implant of my own racism sharply emerged with the spate of killings of young African American men, culminating with the death of George Floyd. Prior to that I had many social contacts with African Americans and others of many ethnicities, but I never realized the full extent of the effect of terrible racism which really started in 1607 in what became Virginia.

Thus, to repeat, I had for many years been aware but not appreciative enough of how racially separated we are in America and how all people are so separated racially worldwide. In short, I suspect like many otherwise liberal Americans I was an unaware racist.

The horror the murder of those young African American men was sharply recognized by Biden in his State of The Union Address when the parents of Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old black man killed by black policemen, were present to symbolize for all Americans the injustice of what had happed.

As the story you can read here reports how this Nichols murder is a common occurrence.

In short, the odious concept embraced by some white Americans of whites in America being replaced by blacks called Critical Race Theory has apparently gripped more adherents than Trump’s hard core 30%!

I and my family receive a daily lesson about the need to put racial bias aside and let Americans of all races live peacefully together. My wife at age 97 needs nursing assistance 7 days a week 24 hours a day. The company that provides these vital services employs women who it turns out are all from Southern Africa except one born in Trinidad.

I will list several brief bios here, so you understand that these women, who their nursing company employer insures are all properly vaccinated, are all US citizens who have high hopes of doing well in our democracy. They are not highly paid, but all are training to be registered nurses or other higher paid positions.

Most of our helpers came years ago from Nigeria and all came from Southern Africa except one woman from Trinidad. Most are studying for better jobs, some for college, many have kids in college.

I could list 20 more of these vital helpers but here is a short list:

1. Nigerian born, here for six years, married with two daughters 9 and 16.
2. Trinidad born, here 24 years, married to a white American but the three children two girls 22, one boy are hers from a prior marriage.
3. Guiana born, about 35, divorced, no children.
4. Cameroon born, here 2 years, no children lives with sister came 6 yrs ago.

These ladies who have helped make it possible for us to continue to live in our family home where we have lived for decades rather than move to an assisted living facility.

In short, this is the typical profile of people immigrating to America, except like other immigrants, these black women came here legally and voluntarily not on slave ships.

These black women and these families are part of the new racial mix now in place in America that so frightens so many whites. In my daily talks to them, they are articulate and feel a strong sense that they are proving to be effective citizens.

Do we embrace the diversity of our ethnicity or allow our racism to destroy our democracy by allowing racism to affect our morality and humanity??

However, as the world population has now reached 8 billion, unless we see ways to reduce that number and thus preserve the planet’s ability to sustain a population of likely no more than 3 billion, the danger the 6th Extinction of most of us homo sapiens is assured.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 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?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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