In a recent article, a scientist attempts to explain the science of racism in America on a national talk show. The scientist surmises that racism should not exist. The science of racism in America has resulted in the Raccelerate Phenomenon.
According to the article, Wilmore asked if racism was unique to humans or if other animals displayed racial prejudice.
“If a guy from Norway – one of my people – has an interaction – can we say it on television? – with a woman from Zimbabwe, all you’re going to get is a human”, Nye said. “You’re not going to get some new thing. We’re all the same, from a scientific standpoint. There’s no such thing as race – but there is such a thing as tribalism”.
Why does tribalism perpetrate the science of racism in America?
Tribalism implies the possession of a strong cultural or ethnic identity that separates one member of a group from the members of another group. Based on strong relations of proximity and kinship, members of a tribe tend to possess a strong feeling of identity. Objectively, for a customary tribal society to form there needs to be ongoing customary organization, enquiry and exchange. However, subjectively, intense feelings of common identity can lead people to feel tribally connected. The distinction between these two definitions for tribalism – objective and subjective – is an important one because, while tribal societies have been pushed to the edges of the western world, tribalism, by this second definition, is arguably undiminished. A few writers have postulated that the human brain is hard-wired towards tribalism due to its evolutionary advantages, however this claim is usually linked to equating original questions of sociality with tribalism.
Why does racism in America continues to prevail?
Survival is the main reason why racism in America continues to prevail. The White tribe has a need for self preservation at the demise of the other tribe members. The Raccelerate Phenomenon has surface as the vehicle for continued racism in America. White families benefit from the Raccelerate Phenomenon because 83% White females graduate high school compared to 54% Black males who graduate high school.
Since public schools have a majority White female teaching staff, White female students benefit because their culture is consistent with the values and culture of the White female teacher and therefore White female students get more benefits when compared to Black male students. This overtime has benefited the White family because a high school graduate earns more money that a non-high school graduate. A high school graduate is also afforded greater opportunities to increase their wealth by attending and graduating from college which is an opportunity not afforded to non high school graduates who are victimized.
A high school dropout makes on average $19,000 a year, a high school graduate makes $28,000 a year, and a college graduate makes $51,000 a year. Over the course of a career, a college grad will make nearly $1 million more than a high school graduate. These differences are the direct result of the Raccelerate Phenomenon and have benefited the White family.
Furthermore, there is a second way that the Raccelerate Phenomenon benefits White families. When there is a classroom clash between a White female teacher and a Black male student, many of the White female teachers are intimidated by the Black male student. If this White female teacher decided to leave the teaching profession it could be devastating to the income of that White family, It could also be detrimental to the White family because many teachers have a schedule that is conducive to the upbringing of children. Teachers normally have every evening off and every weekend off which affords them the opportunity to continue to raise their children while earning a salary.
The only way to eliminate racism in America the benefits both Whites and Blacks is to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 1668 Blackwood, NJ 08012
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