Paul R. Lehman, Parents of mixed-race children that offer advice to Prince Harry and Meghan are bigotry blind

April 12, 2019 at 11:58 pm | Posted in African American, African American celebrities, American Bigotry, American history, American Racism, Bigotry in America, biological races, black inferiority, blacks, discrimination, DNA, education, equality, ethnic stereotypes, Ethnicity in America, European American, European Americans, Genealogy,, Human Genome, identity, interpretations, Prejudice, race, Race in America, racism, respect, skin color, skin complexion, social conditioning, white supremacy, whites | 2 Comments
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Have you ever had the opportunity to learn a life lesson by accident without it costing you anything? Back when I was in the eighth grade, I was sitting in my social studies classroom one afternoon, waiting for class to begin when all of a sudden a loud disturbance came rushing to the front of the room—two of my male classmates were involved in fisticuffs. Our teacher, Mrs. Kelly, quickly put a stop to this display and ordered the two young men to her desk. The students were Bill and Allen and as far as anyone in the class knew, they were friends; they sat next to one another. Mrs. Kelly looked at the two students and asked the obvious question: what happened to cause this disruption?

Allen spoke first and said that Bill had insulted his mother by calling her a bad name. Bill had called her an ugly whore. Mrs. Kelly turned her eyes on Bill and asked if that was correct. He answered yes. She then looked at Allen and surprisingly asked him if it was true, was his mother an ugly whore? Allen became somewhat flustered but blurted out—no, not at all! She then turned back to Bill and asked why he had referred to Allen’s mother in such a manner. Allen said that Bill and said something that angered him, so he just said something to him to get even, and that was when Allen hit him.

Mrs. Kelly looked at both students and asked Bill if he knew Allen’s mother. He said no. She then asked if he had ever seen Allen’s mother. Again, he said no. She spoke to Allen and asked if he knew that Bill did not know nor had not even seen his mother. Allen answered yes, he knew that.  She then asked, “Why were you fighting when both of you knew that what was said was not true?” She looked at Allen and asked “How could Bill insult your mother when he does not know her, and why you would punch him for saying something that you knew was not true? Can you understand the foolishness of your actions? They both nodded in the affirmative. She then told them to look at each, apologize for acting so foolishly and get back to their seats. As they were heading back to their seats, she said for the entire class to hear: “next time you want to react foolishly to something that was said to or about you, stop, use your brain and think.” I got the message.

What brought this childhood memory to my attention was an article by Sonia Smith-Kang, in The Washington Post, (4/8/2019) about Harry and Meghan having a biracial child. The article began with this statement: “The pregnancy announcement from Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sent the multiracial community into proud cyber-auntie and -uncle mode. We are so excited to welcome one more into our fold as we continue the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing populations, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”The article is written by someone who identifies as a biracial person and attempts to relate with Harry and Meghan since they are expecting a baby who she believes will be biracial.

The focus of the article was to give some advice, hints, and suggestions to Harry and Meghan relative to raising their so-called biracial child. While the multiracial community and their comments were given in good faith and positive intent, they all fail to recognize one primary fact—they all possess unseen bigotry. How can that be? The answer lies in the community’s acceptance of the concept of race, especially by color, as legitimate and valid. They either do not know or choose to ignore the fact that race is a social invention and only one species of human beings exist on the planet, Homo sapiens. So, when people self-identify as biracial, mixed race or multiracial they are saying that they are only a part human being. One wonders what other species contribute to their make-up.

When people intentionally decide to identify themselves using race as a component in that identity such as biracial, mixed race, multiracial, they are in fact supporting, maintaining and promoting ethnic bigotry. Since race is a social invention and is based on skin color, we know that in America ethnic bigotry is part of the white supremacy concept. People who self-identify as biracial, mixed race and multiracial all accept the concept of white racial supremacy or there would be no value in their use of race.

All human beings belong to an ethnic group rather than the generally misused term race. Race has no scientific bases; a black race and white race does not exist. As a matter of fact, all human being are brown, including the extremes that are usually identified as black and white. Ethnic identity is based on geography and culture which includes language, religion, and customs. Biology has no involvement in ethnicity, but while many ethnic groups intermarry only the ones that accept the value of a white race use race as part of their identity. European Americans usually do not think of themselves as belonging to a race, but as the model of the human race.

Although the information provided by this group of self-identified mixed-race people appears helpful and thoughtful, it is very dangerous and harmful in that it isolates the mixed-race child from the population of human beings and treats the child as an alien. A person’s identity is based on his or her nationality, and nationality is based on geography and culture, not biology. Harry and Meghan’s child’s identity will be based on its nationality, not the cultural or ethnic identity of either parent. Even if that was the case, just what does an American and Englander look like? Forcing a child to view itself through the eyes of a race-biased culture would do extreme harm to its psyche.

The danger of a race-based concept comes from the association with social radicals such as the White Nationalist, the Aryan Nation, the Ku Klux Klan, and others hate groups that ignore the science that debunks the concept of race by color. Sharing the same or similar philosophy as hate groups serve to aid and abet them. Get the message!

 

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Paul R. Lehman, Passing was a way of fooling a flawed racial system

September 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Posted in African American, American Bigotry, American history, American Racism, blacks, democracy, DNA, equality, Ethnicity in America, European American, Human Genome, identity, justice, liberty, minority, Oklahoma, passing, Prejudice, skin color, skin complexion, Slavery, U. S. Census, whites | Leave a comment
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One of the negative and lasting components of slavery and the creation of a black and white race is the value placed on being identified as white or part white. During slavery, a slave identified as being part white sold for a higher price than slaves who were considered Negro or black. Because race was based on skin complexion, fooling the system was easily accomplished by slaves who could present themselves as white. After slavery, that practice became know as “passing.”If a person moved away from his or her environment where his or her ancestry was common knowledge, then one could live his or her entire life using the white identity. However, the fear of being discovered by someone who knew the person passing was always present. Many stories, true and fictional, have been written recounting the experiences of individuals passing.
When we examine the stories of people involved in passing, we realize that the risk of being caught often resulted in death, but the rewards were opportunities for liberties and freedoms enjoyed by the majority society. The key to the entire system, however, was based on race by color, which was ineffective and faulty because it is an illusion, and lacking any empirical proof. After the Civil War the nation not only continued the system of race by color, but also introduced more illogical, unreasonable and irrational aspects to its existence. For example, Oklahoma, along with other states, created laws that stated in effect that any person of African ancestry was to be considered Negro or Colored. If we were to give some thought to that law, we would discover that the law evidently viewed Africa as a country, not a continent. Also, how would one discover the ancestry of another as African since eighty percent of the world’s population has dark skin? Today, because of DNA, we would have to include all human beings as having African ancestry. So, we know the system was flawed from the beginning.
The problem we face today is one that creates a variety of discussions because many people never challenged the system of race by color, but accepted it along with the supposed values that being white represented. Fortunately, our society is changing in ways that will soon make the concept of race by color irrelevant. The so-called “One Drop Rule” or African ancestry rule was based on illusion, not fact, so to continue to embrace it would be just as fool-hearty. None-the-less, many Americans identify themselves as being mixed-race, or bi-racial, or some other term used to discern the inclusion of white blood in their ancestry because they believe it adds to their social value. How ridiculous is that? If the creation of a white race was false at the beginning, regardless of how one mixes it, it will always be false.
A person’s race has nothing to do with his or her skin color; all people belong to the human race. The primary reason for African Americans being called blacks, Negro, and colored was to keep them from knowing and using their cultural and/or geographical identity by their slave masters. On the other hand, European Americans used their white identity as a symbol of power and privilege associated with the Anglo-Saxons. Rather than use their cultural or geographical identities, many Irish, Jews, Italians, Poles, Slavs and many others as well, changed their names and moved to locations where they “passed” as European American (Anglo-Saxons) to avoid discrimination. Ironically, once these so-called lesser Americans became accepted as whites, they adopted the same attitude of bigotry and biases as the majority society especially relative to African Americans. That way they could conceal their real ethnic identity.
Race is the primary point on which this discussion rest. If one accepts the term and how it has been employed historically, then one is doomed to confusion and frustration, because any argument involving race becomes curricular. That is, if one starts with a false premise, the result must also be false, and so it is with race. Many people of mixed cultural and geographic ancestry face difficulty in deciding how to identify themselves, and so they use terms like biracial or mixed race. These terms simply underscore the acceptance of the illusion of multiple biological races from which they choose to belong. Had they used the terms ethnic group or ethnically mixed, then their identity would reflect cultures and or geographical certainties once they disclosed them. What happens when someone of mixed ethnicity identifies him or herself by one ethnic identity, that selection should be made on the basis of the individual’s choice or preference; to make that choice because of what society or some irrational rule or law based on race by color suggest is illogical.
If someone makes the choice of ethnic identity based on what society suggests, like the one drop rule, then that person is doing a disservice to one or more aspects of his or her ancestry and of the parent representing the part left out. That choice is no longer necessary in our society. People do not have to identify themselves as black or white; they can, however, identify themselves as African American or European American, but even that is not mandatory. Just ask the Census Bureau.
Many African American people of note have been accused of avoiding their ethnic identity by passing for European American. The term passing has relevance only when one has accepted the false concept of multiple biological races. The desire to identify with a particular group is a normal tribal reaction because group identity provides a sense of comfort, protection, and unity, something most people want. But, since we are all human beings, no part of our ancestry makes us more or less than any other human being. Since we are all members of the same human family, we should begin to celebrate our likenesses rather than any superficial differences we might have.
America is changing and involved in a struggle relative to our social identity. However, the more we learn about ourselves, the better able we are to live in the present and prepare for a future that respects the value of each individual.

Paul R. Lehman, Race, biracial and multi-racial fallacy and fantasy

November 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Posted in American Racism, Ethnicity in America, Race in America | 3 Comments
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Race, biracial, and multiracial are concepts based in fallacies and fantasies. The fact that many Americans embrace them, they create serious problems for all concerned. Many Americans grow up thinking that just because one of their parents belongs to a different ethnic group than the other it means that they are biracial. In order to understand the challenges these terms represent in America we need to examine the problem, the effects, and the solution.

The primary problem comes from the fact that the false concept of many biological races exist. If one would apply common sense to the knowledge available to them they would realize that no pure race of man exist other than the human race…Homo sapiens.  A brief look at world history shows the influences that went into changing the blood lines of people the world over. All one has to do is look at the experiences of people like Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Chaka Zulu, or the impact of The Crusades, the Norman Conquest, and the American Revolutionary War to understand the mixture of ethnicities and cultures in the world. Yet, the fantasy of race persists.

The problem with the various aspects of race stems from the economic influence of slavery. When the Europeans first started to explore the world, the one thing that stood out to them when in the company of other people was their color –white (eighty percent of the world population is of color). The Europeans began to refer to themselves as whites, and the white race. When they came to America and met the American Indians, they called them red men. Later, when the Africans came and were brought to America, they were called black men. However, in the system of slavery, white was of premium value since the most important people in society were white. That value, however, was only in economic terms. A mixed bred Indian or African brought more money at the slave market if part of their ethnic identity included Europeans and was obvious in their appearance. Some of the names given these mixed breeds were mulato, quadroon, etc, for African Americans, and half-breed, for American Indians.                         Certainly, some of the offspring’s of the master, Overseer and other European American men received special treatment. Some of the females were forced into prostitution, housework, nursemaid, and other jobs making profit for the master; some of the males were called” house slaves” and  did work that kept them out of the fields.

The treatment received by these slaves of mixed ethnicity made many of them believe that they were special because they had some of the European blood in them. Because many believed and behaved like they were more valuable than the other slaves; this attitude made them not readily accepted within the slave community or tribal community. Their specialness was only available on the plantation; in regular society, they were still seen as ordinary slaves. For the so-called biracial, buying into the fantasy of a superior white race was at the base of their problems.

After the Civil War no special provisions were made for the freedmen who saw themselves as biracial. However, since many of them thought themselves better than other African Americans, they formed groups of like people and created small communities and clubs that catered only to the so-called biracial people. All their efforts made a difference only within the African American community. European Americans could care less about the games they played trying to imitate them. The effects of their actions were in part to separate them from the European American as well as the African American communities. Many saw themselves as a special race of people– a mixture of the white and the black race. In reality, no one cared about their so-called special racial status but them. The primary factor in this fantasy is the value placed on the European American (white) that would transfer to them in part because of their biological connection.

Today, after the Civil Rights movement, the Cultural Revolution, and the Gnome Project, for someone to identify himself or herself as biracial would underscore the ignorance that speaks to the fallacy and fantasy of race. The world now has the knowledge confirmed that people are more alike than penguins, and more human differences occur within a family with the same biological parents than with other people in the world. So, where is the value in identifying oneself as biracial? As long as people hold on to the false concept of many races of human beings, the chance of creating a superior or inferior race is possible. The best way to deal with the problem of biracial is to clarify it. What have been thought of as race are simply ethnic and/or cultural differences. When we eliminate the word race and insert ethnic group or cultural group we change the human value so one groups cannot be humanly superior or inferior to another since they are all human. All people are multi-ethnic, and many are multi-cultural, just ask someone who has had a DNA study of himself or herself performed.

Cultural and ethnic differences have been a fact of life almost since life itself. When one looks at the Bible, cultural and ethnic differences readily appear. Select practically any book and chances are aspects of culture and ethnicity will play a part in it. The fact that the idea or concept of race never comes up should underscore its lack of importance in the lives of biblical people in general. Evidently, looking at world history and biblical history and finding that people the world over are more a conglomerate than a single source, provide a lesson worth considering.

As stated in my book, America’s Race Problem, the primary problem for all Americans regarding race, biracial, and multi-racial is the fallacy of accepting “race” as a legitimate term. The problem compounds when began believing and acting like the term is real when we know it is fantasy. The idea of a person being part of two biological races is a joke. One part for certain would be Homo sapiens, but what would the other part be?

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