Racism in South Africa: why does it still persist?

Why do some white people around the world think that it is okay to call African people “monkeys”? In South Africa, a woman has made headlines because she called indigenous Africans “monkeys”. Such a comment must be understood in light of the apartheid atrocity; where black people and mixed race people were separated from white people and allowed inferior resources. Lawmakers are calling for tougher laws against racism, but much deeper change must occur to deal with the root of the problem.

Such blatant racism, even today decades after apartheid ended – is still found and often passively expressed by social isolation, choice of employees and contemptuous attitudes. This is more than people doing bad things; this has to do with false belief systems driving racism. So what continues to drive this racism, and what can we do to stop it?

Diagnosing the Root of Racism

By understanding the root of racism accurately we can begin to deal more directly with the false ideas that motivate racist attitudes.

I recall once seeing footage of a man in the 1960s defending the concept of apartheid. He said words to the effect, “Why would we give the vote to people who only just climbed out of trees?”. The concept of calling people monkeys descends from the Darwinian idea that we evolved from ape like creatures and “just climbed out of trees” suggests they’re less evolved. He was justifying the apartheid by claiming they were less evolved.

He was not alone in this view. The founder of apartheid, Verwoerd, was a disciple of the Darwinism and eugenics (an application of Darwinism developed by Darwin’s cousin with Darwin’s approval). Although he felt compelled to justify apartheid to religious constituents, it is very clear Verwoerd was driven by an evolutionary motive. Verwoerd wanted to maintain “racial purity” among whites by keeping them separate from Africa’s indigenous peoples. That goal is obviously Darwinian if you have ever read Darwin’s writings.

Not too long ago, I was reading Darwin’s second book called “The Descent of Man” – to understand his impact on apartheid and racism – and discovered this most disturbing quote.

“At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes…will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla” (1874, p. 178).

This hideously racist quote demonstrates Darwin’s disgusting racism and that it was very much a part of his pseudoscience we now call “evolution”.

Darwin’s pseudoscientific concept of races taught that human groups were descendants of different non-human ancestors (monkey like animals).

But the Bible taught something different. In Acts 17:26a the Bible states:

And he [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth

It was only recently that Darwinists were forced to accept the truth of the Bible that all humans share one common human ancestor and relinquish Darwin’s racist ideology. This was because a genetics study found that all humans could be traced back to a single common human ancestor – as the Bible said for millennia.

Although Darwin’s pseudoscience has been challenged and debunked, many people still cling to it desperately. While scientists think it will help them get grant money, it does so at the cost of truth and countless lies.

Darwin’s deadly legacy goes beyond South Africa.

Joseph Stalin – former leader of Soviet Russia and the USSR – is considered responsible for the genocide of 20 million as he strove to drive Russia into an atheist communist utopia. Stalin was an atheist whose main inspiration was Charles Darwin. He even hung a picture of him in his office.

Mau Ze Dong – former leader of China – is considered responsible for the deaths of 60 million as he relentlessly strove to force China to become a successful atheist utopia. He was reported to have said to his doctor that China had plenty of the population to lose.

Hitler was a Darwinist, who notably tried to “purify” the German “race” at the expense of millions of the “less evolved” and “inferior”.

And should we go on, this list would get very long – Darwinism has caused countless racism and incredible genocides.

Truth sets free

There was one person who never killed, stole, mistreated others – Christ.

He said:

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

John 8:31-32 “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Jesus—”and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”

John 8:34-36 “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.””

You can be free – free of the racism, bigotry and deception in this world. Jesus can set you free. Find out more here.

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