We are continuing with the 3 part series about Racism. If you haven’t checked out the previous posts, here; go wild!
Last year I wrote a paper entitled The Marbles Hypothesis|A Novel Approach To Racism. It is a thought experiment about a toddler, Nancy, who instinctively favors some of her assorted marbles to others. In the hypothesis, Nancy’s father has to teach her the idea of colors and the differences and also investigate Nancy’s preference. What is the best way to explain the miscellaneous colors of her marbles and somewhat prompt her to at least have an informed preference about them? Firstly,
Why Is Nancy Potentially Wrong?
Unexplained preferences are a potential hub for misconception and implicit racism. It is never enough, especially in an enquiry, to just state that you prefer something without explaining why this is so unless it is reasonably understood. If you cannot explain a preference, this takes away the idea of intention and basically implies that you are in some autopilot mode of Social Programming and Inclination Accounting. These two are aspects through which injustice, discrimination, superstitions etc. are smuggled into cultures. They are suspect and should always be investigated with objective reasoning.
Anyway, Nancy prefers yellow marbles to red marbles and this should be okay as long as she is well informed about the choices. Perhaps a great example is the case about the Jarwa people of Andaman, India; a primitive people protected by UN. Critics of this protection note that, because the Jarwa tribal people deny themselves a civilization that they neither know of nor have understood, an informed judgment foreign to them may reasonably overrule their preference. This simply affirms that preference should be policed.
Similarly, if I told you to chose a soft drink of your choice and you only know Sprite and you chose that, would be call that an objective choice? You will have relied on familiarity, which is basically a weak link through which objective judgment is thwarted.
What Our Current System Tells Nancy.
The father has to ask Nancy why she is discriminating against the red marbles. Nancy would probably answer that she does not like the color but will likely not have a reason why she dislikes it. The father’s job is to make Nancy open up within her own assumptions and correct her, if necessary.
Our current approach to Racism is not like that; it is rather the equivalent of telling Nancy to play with all the marbles and that they are ‘All The Same’. This is the systematic way of effecting change and, in the real life scenario, we even go as far as prosecuting racist behavior. Well, when that becomes a possibility, people play ‘nice’ and yet the same racist inclinations remain in them- just sedated. This is the Look The Other Way approach and passes for okay for the most part. However, it is just a crutch, one that can potentially break along the way. An incident happened in Bengalore, India, this past year, in which a Tanzanian girl was stripped naked and flogged in the streets. She was in the vicinity of a college she had attended for several years, probably near the market place she buys tomatoes from and probably victimized by the people who seemingly couldn’t care less about her on the previous day. I hope you get the point.
Racism is an existential phenomenon and can be understood if taught properly. Unexplained rules and laws are a burden to society and create frustration. There is liberty in knowledge.
What Nancy Should Know.
Nancy knows that the red marbles are different thus probably the first part in schooling Nancy is to acknowledge that the marbles are different. This disarms her because her father actually sees things in the same way as herself. After that maybe the father can explain to her in what way the marbles are different.
There is nothing wrong with being different. Differences, when understood, are like building blocks of integrity, fun etc.
Being African and negroid is an identity, just like being a girl or a boy. It serves to warrant me a start in life, a face, a culture etc. It gives baby me a jumpstart. I don’t wish that you ignore anything that I am but that you see me as who I am and understand that I deserve to be counted in the census of humanity. I think that this is pretty much what anyone could ask for.
The problem is that, instead of striving to be united, we strive to be uniform. Well, uniformity requires conformity and whoever conforms destroys his identity. Our idiosyncrasies fade away when we imitate but become more vivid when we emulate within the context of contentment in who we are, our personal identities and the identity we share as a whole.
In conclusion, the thought experiment about Nancy is resolved, not when Nancy choses to play with red marbles but when she is persuaded that red marbles are marbles. Hopefully, this persuasion has graced your heart. My premise is not that blacks should be counted in the census of humanity because I am one but because it is what is true. What is true is Scientific and I love Science. Perhaps next time I will take a look at why Africa is comparatively less developed than other parts of the world. Can’t wait to buff on my kind lol.
Thanks to everyone who has been following the 3 part series.