Banding around words like "archetype" and "evolutionary history," the minister tries to convince the readers that racism is "natural." Whether you are black or white, he says, you are "predisposed" to dislike dark-skinned people:
Racism itself is a consequence of literalizing this universal, (archetypal), instinctive set of associations, not a direct cause. We human beings, regardless of skin color, age, gender, language, culture, and passionately held convictions (or the lack of them) are inherently predisposed to feel relaxed and cheerful in the presence of warm illuminating light, and increasingly anxious and uncomfortable in the midst of cold, impenetrable darkness. We also have a distressing tendency to literalize these associations and apply them "in an unconscious blink of the eye" to skin color. This primary instinctive response to "light" and "dark" in our shared environment and evolutionary history is not racism in itself; it is the unconscious source of racism. It is because it is unconscious that the problem of racism is so ubiquitous, "automatic", and difficult to overcome.This tortured passage offers a justification to any racist. Of course, all of this is based on insane generalizations that have very little meaning. Just think, though, how many uses evolutionary psychology can be put to by all kinds of bigots. All you have to say to explain your hatred and bigotry is that it's an archetype and a biological imperative. Then you sigh deeply, roll your eyes, and add that as much as you'd love not to be a racist (a male chauvinist, a xenophobe, and anti-Semite, etc.) you simply can't help it because Jung said so. Besides, all those brown people hate themselves too, which means it perfectly OK to hate them.
The progressives in this country have long bemoaned the rejection of the evolution by religious institutions. Little did we know that acceptance of evolution by racist ministers would be a lot scarier.
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