Posted by : Halima Khait Tuesday, October 18, 2005

When given information, people will only address what they want to address. I was having a conversation about race with my mother this weekend. We were talking about how members of our family have such mixed racial features that just about every group of people with any hint of color in their skin has tried to claim us (from Middle Eastern to Puerto Rican) Members from any given race will find one of our features that resembles themselves and attempt to align us with them. They're only seeing what they want to see. This argument can be linked to religion as well. I've heard people say that people of African descent are the chosen people. As nice as that sounds (because so much of the world's population fits into this category) I seriously doubt the validity of that statement. How can people be condemned just because they were born without a trace of African blood?? That would mean that people of African descent can live however they please and still be blessed. This goes against the very basis of religion. Of course, Christianity originated with those of African descent but it was meant to be spread. Still, I can't help but wonder if the African gene is dominant (you can't mix these genes with genes from another race and come out with anything but a person with at least one African feature) for the purpose of giving the gift of being chosen to as many people as possible. What I do know is that if the world continues, everybody will someday look just like me.

One Response so far.

  1. hey what's up.
    im not sure if the whole world will look like you. not even really sure if there ever was a time when it wasnt some kind of diversity present. but your argument about the chosen people rings true. still i figure it's that kind of truth people know and ignore because you need reasons for poverty and violence and all the evil in the world. ther idea of a chosen people is the basis of countless arguments for the suffering of the chosen and unchosen in almost every culture. but that's just my 2 cents.
    i tried to email you but am not sure if you got it. i have the asha bandele book for you and she has another poetry book i just ordered for you. email me at if you can so i know i reached you

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