Just a few thoughts here on the recent discussions of racism. First the definition of racism reads as basically the belief that certain groups of people are inferior to other groups based on skin color and genetics.
Now if we take the word race for what it means in more common use we see that a race is people striving to finish before or ahead of others.
Now if we combine the two definitions then we can see the similarities but we can also see that in no way does being in a race against someone have to have skin color factored in. The reason i bring this up is because many groups belonging to the same ethnic groups are in the same type of race to succeed as others who are among different ethnic groups.
So breaking down the human struggle in this does a disservice to understanding the greater implications of the struggle we all share.
Basically we say that group a can hate group b as long as they are ethnically similar and we all accept that same type of hate and in many cases ignore it. However express hate for someone who is ethnically different then you have crossed a line.
We see the race play out in our everyday lives in sports politics and many other subjects. it is exactly the same type of hate yet is not considered race even though different groups are in a race for superiority.
IMO The reason we have come to believe that race can only be between ethnic groups is because we are used to the grouping of people based on familiarity. Meaning that people feel comfortable around others they can find common ground with and the first most obvious commonality is skin color.
You can put two libertarians in a large group of people and it is only a matter of time before they find each other. Just an example.
So i think race is just one group striving to finish before or ahead of another and has little to do with skin color other than our natural declination to be attracted to those we can find common ground with.
Givin time and understanding of another group one can begin to find similarities and become part of a different group and take on a whole new set of reasons to be part of something they once hated.
I think it is likely written into our dna as a survival mechanism.
Point being that the longer we focus on color the more we ignore the real race.