Racism, Am I the only one confused?

Temiloluwa Adeniyi-Ipadeola
3 min readSep 18, 2020

Dude, this is the same woman in all eight images!! Thank you Adobe Illustrator!

Knowing in advance this article on the subject of social injustice in America may offend someone out there, I sincerely apologies. These are just my thoughts and opinion on video and assigned reading from last week’s assignments.

As I read the articles and watched the youtube video on the subject of racism, I found it difficult to place our current situation in America. “The influence and damage of white supremacy on biblical interpretation.” particularly turned some gears upstairs. As I listened to Dr. Wil Gafney, talk about the “white supremacy biblical interpretation” I couldn’t help but think the idea of racism in America might be evolving into an idea separate and independent of the root sin; Which is partiality or better yet, human discrimination. These ideas are objective and can lead to other sorts of social, economic, and religious inequalities. where my confusion on the subject of racism in America comes in is on the idea of race itself. Last I checked there is only one race of Human being with different favors. Some are dark chocolate, others are vanilla. I myself am Carmel (eye wink.) No matter the color of the favor ice cream is still ice cream that’s as far as I’m willing to take the analogy. Unless we have Elves, Hobbits, and Dwarfs among us, this idea of race doesn’t seem credible. check this out, According to Britannica

“Racism, also called racialism, the belief that humans may be divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races”; that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural and behavioral features; and that some races are innately superior to others.”

If you noticed the cornerstone of the definition is predicated on a belief! Beliefs are subjective, not everyone has to believe race is defined as a distinction of skin pigmentation. The other important idea that bears mention is being black and being African can be mutually exclusive. I lived in Nigerian for many years I didn’t know I was black until I was told so here in America. On the other hand, there are plenty of White Nigerians or better yet, South Africas. Anyhow, I later discover the reason for this physical label in America is due to the degrading of cultural identity for generations of American families from Africa, Asia, Persia, and Europe. Less and less Americans claim there ancestor heritage and culture that can be traced to these ancient civilizations. another thing to consider is there are over 350 tribes in Nigeria, over 3,000 in Africa, with there unique language and culture. Though they are all Nigerians, and mostly black, they all identify with their tribes, not their skin color. By the way, not all the tribes are dark chocolate, some are mocha, Carmel, and even light-skinned. And when they discriminated against each other, it isn’t on the bases of skin color. It is always on tribal or cultural differences, resources, politics, and so on. I suppose I want to hear from you Americans why it’s necessary to discriminate against each other on the bases of skin tone.