Racism: noun a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities… let’s just stop right there so I can start my rant. Racism/race consciousness/ race awareness/ race preference/ racial objectification/ racial identification/ and most certainly self-opted segregation- has got to be the DUMBEST notion EVER, and I blame everyone that went to elementary school for it’s making it past educated society and into the dictionary. Now before you get all up in arms, if you’re reading this and saying to yourself “I’m not racist, I have black friends.” OR “I’m not racist, I let my son date white girls”, well then you need to go back up and read the top line. See, notice how I grouped all those terms together? It’s because they are synonymous! Race is purely a social construct used to attempt to categorize things that are not actually different. The word “race” does not exist in science. If you were to be in an unspeakable accident and require an immediate blood transfusion, you would not adopt any changes in your physical appearance pursuant to the donor of the blood you received. So why all the persistence with an obviously invalid classification? Because no one will stop talking about it. It shows up on job applications (for which your responses are supposed to be confidential), you have to fill in a bubble on aptitude tests, survey takers want to know, the government wants to know….did I miss anyone?? Oh yes! Christians want to know too! And at the risk of sounding accusatory, followers of Christ ought to be the ones who care the least. Jesus saved both Jews and Gentiles (aka ‘everyone else’), so it’s apparent to me that he didn’t care where you came from or what you looked like, and that was the example he purposely set. If you purposely surround yourself with the people who “look like” you, you are being as racist at the word implies. It irritates me to no end to hear from those who have grown to spiritual adulthood in the faith, that they would “rather be around black people.” Really?? I mean grow up already! Reverse racism is still racism! If you intentionally segregate yourself, how foolish are you?? You are as wrong as those that created the separation in the first place. You have forgotten the greatest commandment- which is to love. Not love only black people, not love only white people- but just to love. Those classifications aren’t in the bible, I take that to mean that God doesn’t think they’re very important. It’s a shame, in all that knowledge that has been acquired over a lifetime, understanding has slipped through their fingers.