It was a cool summer’s evening while watching Dustin Brown’s victory over Rafael Nadal during their recent tennis match…but the victory was bigger than a qualifying round of tennis. The real victory was that I was able to watch this tennis match within a social environment that understood shared values and mentality are the things that really unite people rather than the human illusion of race.
You could argue that is because I just so happen live in London, which just so happens to be one of the greatest, multi-cultural, over crowed, overpriced cities in the world!
I can safely say that I was in the company of a collective that saw this tennis match as a victory for Germany over Spain without ever bringing the hue of Dustin Brown’s skin into question. I think large modern sporting events have a great track record for seeing individual athletes as representative of a country no matter what they look like.
It’s safe to say that over the years evolution and the external environment have a lot to do with physical traits and characteristics that different people have developed…but that doesn’t change the fact that if a man from Japan engages in a sexual union with a woman from Norway the only thing that will be produced is another human! That new human will not be “bi-racial” or of “mixed race” but rather a child of the human race who has a heritage of two different cultures.
Fortunately a collection of scientific minds at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have also reached the same conclusion through their years of methodical study. Anthropologists have known for a while now that there are no major sets of behaviours that are directly connected to a “race” but rather certain ways of being are connected to groups of people who have a similar commonality of experience.
Now there is nothing wrong with having a physical trait that you find attractive…I’ve always been a sucker for great teeth and dazzling smile myself…but the more time moves us forward the more we’ll realise the social illusion of race is something people have used to serve their own social agenda to oppress certain groups.
As much as I do have a secret love affair with American culture, the historical dysfunction and amazing progress of the American experience has highlighted the importance of diversity but corrupted the idea of race. Of course there are always going to be people who foolishly make judgements based the melanin content (or lack thereof) in someone’s skin and I am in no way trying to belittle or dismiss the experience of someone who has been unfairly judged along colour lines.
We know for certain there are different cultures, music, food, fashions, languages, dance, arts, philosophies, colours, customs and ethnicities depending on circumstances you just so happened to be born into…but none of that changes the fact that we are all the same damn species. The rules of the game have been changing for a while now and what unites people is not necessarily the melanin content in an individuals skin, but a shared cultural identity and mentality… just ask the people attending the San Diego comic con this year!
Until next time!