Published in


Systemic Arrogance

… a different take on racial divides

Photo by Miguel Bruna on Unsplash

This week, highlighted a few things about our human differences. First, it was a story I read on Medium, about the racial divides, the taboo around the whole race issue and the conversations we perhaps all avoid. Later during the week, it was a light comedy show I am currently following on Netflix. The protagonist in question is mixed race but refuses to identify herself as anything in fear of offending her parents or perhaps, avoiding what her parents avoided talking about: their fear of being judged as a mixed-race couple.

Today I had a wonderful conversation with an amazing lady, who comes from a mixed-race background and lives in Europe. We discussed the taboos around racial divides and racism around the world and in our homeland. Our homeland epitomises the melting pot that everyone dreams of. And yet the divides are there, hushed as we are far too polite to trip the system that tolerates the subtleties of systemic racial difference. Again the fear of being judged or for being seen as being judgemental of a system, entrenched with historical stances of Master and Servants.

In our discussions, I took the concept to a different level. Assuming the world was mono racial, monochrome and we all pretty much stemmed from the same racial roots. Assuming we were all orange in skin colour and we all had purple hair, all spoke the same language and had the same accents. No differences whatsoever, the same voice and our difference would be limited to just genders. Would we have a divide of some form? I suspect so as some of us would be Royalty, or Rulers, and related or descendants of Royalty or Rulers.

This system would possibly have a hierarchical attribute and eventually, we would have people at the bottom of the rung, serving the top of the ladder. What happens later down the line, when the social shifts happen, whereupon the uneducated bottom rung, gently moved to the top? Would the ones who considered themselves as related to Royalty look down on the social riser? I would highly suspect so. Can we now call this a racial divide, given everybody, is just the same, orange skin, purple-haired and have the same attributes? Or would we call this Systemic Arrogance as the upper echelons would look down on the social riser and perhaps consistently remind them of their ancestral origins?

In other words, is this Master and Servant concept more real rather than a typical racial divide? Can we move on from that construct, as Masters and Servants could well be racially near 100 per cent genetically similar? I am sensitive that these are taboo questions, and perhaps I am stirring a level of discomfort amongst many of you. I personally, do not identify myself with anything although my genetic roots are Indian. But a thorough DNA analysis would surely demonstrate that there are many other genetic mixes in me, just as there are in all of us. No one is ever racially or ethnically pure. So why have a divide?

If we were to ditch our ego and the arrogance that entails, perhaps we would be more welcoming to our historically rich differences. As I posted once, we all carry rich history in us. The racial divide is only a construct that maintains our suffering, despite science showing us that we all made pretty much the same, with some interesting differences. Ultimately, we are made of flesh and blood, albeit our differences in blood type. Ultimately, when blood is requested at the blood bank, no one questions its racial origins. So why do we create ‘this’ divide?

It is high time we learn from our differences and about time we celebrate our historical past. For most, we also need to forgive our ancestral past and heal from it. There is this inherent fear of being labelled a divider as opposed to being a unifier of sorts, as inevitably our racial history is never without major hang-ups. This is, of course, the very question that every colonised land raises but the fear about questioning the repercussions of history, is strong. On the other hand, we should not expect amends from ancestral wrong-doings or for brutal pasts, but I feel that if we learn to forgive ourselves and others, we can all live in the very harmony of Heaven on earth.

We ought to accept history in dignity, accept social mobility and evolution of society. No one should feel demeaned for rising from serfdom. No one should feel to be a slave to particular historical biases. No one should be boxed in society, based on skin colour. We all deserve a chance in life. Systemic arrogance serves us no purpose as we learn from our past history to build stronger foundations for a better future.

Sending you all light.




We curate and disseminate outstanding articles from diverse domains and disciplines to create fusion and synergy.

Recommended from Medium

Otherness, cultural shame, and the silencing of Asian-American women

Lisa Joseph Metelus and Richard Lovett talk racial justice at CAA Virtual Town Hall

Dear Non-Black Counterparts.

This is a collection of thoughts on my experience of being Black in the UK, US and Canada.

One Year Later…

Computers Aren’t Racist Are They?

Coding Together for Racial Equality

5 Books That Grapple with the Thorny Issue of Genetics and Race

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Ruks Moreea

Ruks Moreea

Alternative Thinker. Lover of All Things Good & Life. Interested in humanity, spirituality, conscious parenting and human energy. MSc Psychology,PhD, FRSPH

More from Medium

The Dumbest Species on This Planet

Diane di Prima: Life and Death of a Beatnik

Critical Race Theory’s International Application: The Case of the UK.

Is your partner a CCTV camera looming over your head?