How do I know this? Since Crick, Watson and Franklin unlocked the secrets of the genetic code over sixty years ago the Human Genome Project has demonstrated that, not to put too fine a point on it, we are all the same under the skin. We are all related.
Given this sobering fact I am baffled by the rise in race based politics in good old Kiwiland. In Sweden, that bastion of progressive socialism, they’ve taken hold of the lessons from the discoveries in genetics and are contemplating removing the concept of ‘race’ from all legislation.
Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation
"We know that different human races actually do not exist," Swedish Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag told Sveriges Television (SVT).
"We also know that the fundamental grounds of racism are based on the belief that there are different races, and that belonging to a race makes people behave in a certain way, and that some races are better than others."
I had the pleasure of attending several citizenship ceremonies when I was a member of the first ever local board for Waiheke Island. They were rewarding experiences. It was a delight to witness the joy on the faces of as many as 80 different nationalities at a time as they became citizens of this country. They were told, were assured, that this was a place where they were all equal before the law and where they would all enjoyed the same rights and responsibilities.
I wonder what they must think when they discover this is patently untrue. I know what I think. I’m ashamed of the country of my choice.