Purity and perfection supposedly exist in heaven. Religion tells us to do our best to manifest purity and perfection here on earth. It seems like a harmless concept at first blush. I mean, what could be wrong with trying to bring purity to earth?
Well, let’s break it down. Firstly purity is taken to be white, beautiful, heavenly. White robes, white clouds, white music everywhere. The pathway to Heaven is pure white light.
However, our heaven, here on earth, looks more like this: Amy Winehouse died, another democratic Senator resigned because of a sex scandal, a crazy fuck went on a murderous rampage; so he could get his brilliant Christian extremist manifesto out to the world, and the separation of classes in America expanded beyond reach for people with visible pigment in their skin.
The fool who went on the bombing and shooting spree last Friday was envisioning a “pure European race” and waging his own anti-jihad.
Outside of being delusional, his actions were at least partially due to an inability to fathom that we are all of African decent. It’s a bridge too far for most to comprehend - and certainly impossible for right-wing extremists like Anders Behring Breivik. The socially constructed idea of separate races has been used for centuries to justify racism, inequality, fear and violence.
Which leads me to the latest trend study released this week by the Pew Research Center that speaks of the growing wealth gap between light skin-pigmented Africans (aka whites) and darker skin-pigmented Africans (aka minorities). The wealth gap between these groups grew to an overwhelming 20:1 ratio. These lopsided wealth ratios are the largest since the government began tracking data 25 years ago and has roughly doubled in that time.
There is no recovery from that. Not in our lifetime.
Our lilly white, religious purity biases have created separate but unequal cultures that are on a collision course with reality. Whether we like it or not, we are all Africans. Purity - of sexuality, beauty, race, gender, or marriage - is not a truth, but rather exists only in the minds of the myth maker and myth holder.