I’m going to play biologist for a few minutes. Hopefully, you’ll forgive me if I come off hard or rough.

With the wealth of racial conflict in the news, I have heard many voices say things like, “You never hear about white people being shot by police,” or “If they’d followed instructions, they wouldn’t have got shot.” Such statements are madness.

First, let’s review the Taxonomic Order. This is the full Latin description for every living thing that has been observed. In humans, we hear about the last two parts of this ordering, Homo sapiens. The full listing is much longer, consisting of the following categories:

Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Genus, Species.

For humans, the full listing would look like this:

Eukaryota, Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Primates, Hominidae, Homo, sapiens.

By the way, Homo sapiens means “knowing man.” Pity we don’t live up to that.

Someone might be thinking, “What about subspecies?” Sure, I can list that, but it won’t add much more: Homo sapiens sapiens. The truth is that nothing we list about humanity from a taxonomic perspective says anything about the percentage of melanin in your skin.

It didn’t stop Hitler from killing people because of the percentage of melanin in their skin. Or the KKK. Or any other group.

People find reasons to hate. Density of melanin in a skin sample has been a popular one through the ages. In the modern United States, such hatred has become “fashionable” again.

That’s the difference between you and another race: how much melanin is in your skin. Genetically, we’re all the same, just read this for more.

Perhaps you’ll think of this before you choose to apply racial labels again. We’re all descended from someone in Africa.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got books to write.

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