Unfortunately, we tend to lose track of our origins and what made us a successful species. Evolution has given us certain dispositions that we ignore at our peril. One of them is racism. First off, I must say that there is ample de facto proof that racism is a good thing simply from the fact that it exists at all. If racism were an evolutionary disadvantage, the it would have been selected out a long time ago. But it hasn’t! It must be there for a reason, and those reasons should be explored before we throw away this most sacred of human institutions.
Some argue that diversity is a strong survival trait. I’ll agree with that, for the sake of argument. How do we maintain diversity in an increasingly interconnected world? Carl Sagan argued, quite convincingly IMO, that one tool of evolution is the separation of a species into smaller breeding populations. This genetic isolation allows greater drift in the gene pool over a given length of time. Then infrequent between group breeding creates a healthy injection of new genes to prevent the isolated groups from suffering the ill effects of inbreeding, but just as importantly to share more diverse genetic information.
In our world, physical isolation is becoming a thing of the past. The more we share our genetic information, the more homogenous we become as a species. The more homogenous, the less diverse we become. Hence the greater the risk from whatever it is that we need diversity to protect us from in the first place.
So the question is: how do we accomplish this goal? I say we pick the most meaningless and arbitrary distinction possible: skin color. It’s perfect. Since blacks are as good as whites, and whites as good as Asians, etc., this arbitrary break not will short change any given group. While at the same time, we can use the isolated breeding groups to increase our genetic diversity. Of course, there will always be some degree of intermarriage, hence the sharing of genetic information.
Racism is the answer to whatever it is that we are using diversity to protect us from. QED.
This bonehead argument was designed to show that I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak, and show Persephone that putting out bonehead arguments that you don’t agree with is a good way to grow as a debater*. I apologize for any offense I’ve caused.