I’ll make this simple: “There is no genetic evidence to support any racist ideology.”

The preoccupation with race is both wrong and misguided. Wrong, because even if you could distinguish in a scientific way between races, it does not follow that any race is more pure, or more superior, than any other.

And misguided because you can’t really distinguish in a scientific way between races. You can at best approximate. But science isn’t about approximation. If you want to use ‘race’ at all, use race as defined by DNA, not the ridiculous classifications used in media (and even academic papers) such as “black, white, Asian, Hispanic, whatever”.

Yes, there are differences between individuals based on their genetics. But these differences are pretty minor, and the differences within a ‘race’ are far greater than those between races.

But more to the point, the preponderance of differences between people are based on social and environmental factors. Key among these are mothers’ health, infant nutrition, early education, and the home environment.

We should stop using ‘race’ as a classification system. It makes about as much sense as phrenology, and the data produced are no more accurate. If we must classify between groups of humans, we should differentiate between factors that really matter: those who grew up in poverty and those who did not, those who had access to education and those who did not, those raised in war zones and those who were not, etc.

Racism is wrong. It shouldn’t have to be said, but there it is.

Ethics Leadership

Moral Leadership

What prompted me to start this site (after, admittedly, thinking about it for a while) was the realization that I didn’t really have any platform where I could write this:

To imprison a seven-year old child and hold her without water until she dies of thirst demonstrates a complete lack of any moral leadership.

I refer, of course, to Jakelin Caal, who died December 8. And then on Christmas Eve, it happened again. This time, it was an eight-year old boy named Felipe Alónzo-Gomez.

I would have taken this as an obvious point, but apparently it hasn’t registered yet, that there are no excuses that justify these deaths. And any sort of moral or ethical argument that leads to this as an outcome is bankrupt.

And I think that these cases illustrate a general loss of moral leadership on the part of those very people who claim to be moral leaders, the politicians, by virtue of their offices, and their supporters, by virtue of their values and beliefs.

If your morality allows this, then you cannot come to me with any sense of or claim to moral leadership. Period.

That’s all I wanted to say – and I realized I needed a place to say it. Because someone has to say these things.


Reason and Reasonableness

When I want to comment on an issue of the day – whether it’s a response to something the government has done, or a rebuttal to some argument that’s being floated in this media, this is where I will do it.

The birds, by the way, are twittering sparrows playing in the Forbidden City in Beijing.