Joanna Clark, San Juan Capistrano
Trump, with his xenophobia, misogyny and hate-filled racist rhetoric, and his white supremacist supporters should learn from history. They don’t understand that had it not been for a small group of black men and women who walked out of Africa 65,000 to 103,000 years ago, we wouldn’t be here. These people and their descendants settled the world, ever changing as they adapted to new environments.
During their journey, some made contact with the Neanderthals, while others made contact with the Denisovan. These species in time went extinct, but not before they passed their genes onto some of us.
Today, like it or not, we are one race—Homo sapiens sapiens—diverse in nationality, ethnicity, color, gender identities, sexual orientations and religious persuasions. But the fact is that we are all descendants of those first dark-skinned immigrants that left Africa many millennia ago.
The white person is not superior to the black person, nor is the black person superior to the white person. We are all the same race—a race that is facing a catastrophic future if we cannot put our irrational differences aside.
Yes, we’re diverse. But in that diversity, there is strength and hope. We can become an unstoppable force for change and the common good if we put our irrational differences aside and unite as one.
The decision rests with us.