How do you end racism? Transform black people into white people!

Illustration for article titled How do you end racism? Transform black people into white people!

Science fiction pioneer and futurist Hugo Gernsback was a man who dared to dream big. And making big predictions meant that he was going to whiff huge every now and again.

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So for every one of his technological divinations that actually came to pass, there were some stray oddball ideas, like the oxygen-tank-requiring face prison to boost office productivity. And in the 1964 issue of Sexology magazine, Gernback provided a doozy of a notion to ameliorate race relations in America forever.

In his Report from the Future column — in which Gernsback provided news tidbits from the decades to come — he foretold of a late 21st century when socioeconomic considerations took the backseat to simply dyeing everybody an inoffensive shade of eggshell.

Missing the boat so badly he turned into Rip Van Winkle, Gernsback noted, "Within two generations the offspring of colored people in the U.S. [will become] white, thereby removing a basic source of friction."

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Illustration for article titled How do you end racism? Transform black people into white people!

Gernsback failed to mention that we'd have to raid the Fortress of Solitude and steal Superman's technology to kickstart this bold new era. (For whatever it's worth, this piece was paired with Gernsback's prediction of the future prevalence of sex selection research.) And to those readers whose skin is not borderline translucent, we're sorry that your great-grandchildren will end up with the complexion of Poppin' Fresh.

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DISCUSSION

WhyYouSoStinky
WhyYouSoStinky

The problem with the whole public perception of racism is that everyone thinks racism is inherently bad and negative.

It's not. Racism is just making general statements or assumptions about a person based on their race. Your brain is designed to make such general assumptions about everything. It has to. You can't possibly know everything about everything before coming to a conclusion about it. Your brain works with what information it has and fills in the rest with prior experiences or information gained from situations that seem related or otherwise relevant.

Racism itself is not bad, discrimination is what's bad. Acting in a negative towards a person based only on their race is what's bad. Making generalizations CAN be bad but it can also be good.

If I see a dark alley with nobody in it but some sketchy looking guys hanging around, it's probably a really good idea to avoid walking down there. Sorry if it hurts somebody's poor little feelings but basic instincts and gut reactions evolved for a very good reason.

Also, racial jokes are damn funny and nobody is important enough to take themselves so seriously that they can't have a little laugh at themselves.

In fact, racial jokes are exactly what we need to make race a non-issue. The less we take our race so seriously, the less it becomes something that others take seriously for negative purposes.

You should be proud of your accomplishments, not your race. You didn't choose your race nor did you do anything to "earn" it. Why be proud of the fact that you share similar physical characteristics with a bunch of other people? Just because someone of the same skin color as you accomplished something says nothing about you. Every white person is not somehow better because Bill Gates was the richest man in the world. Every black person is not somehow better because Obama got elected president.

Stop identifying yourself with a "race" which is just some made up social concept and identify yourself with your own accomplishments and who you are as an individual.

That's how you stop *negative* racism.