Phrase “Only One Race” Considered to be a Microaggression

by Ken Ham

It seems that more and more you can’t say or do anything in public without it being deemed “offensive” to somebody! Well, the University of California recently released a list of “microaggressions,” which school officials define as “everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”


Included on the long list of so-called microaggressions is the theme of “color blindness,” defined as “Statements that indicate that a White person does not want to or need to acknowledge race.” The list includes statements that you shouldn’t say, such as, “I don’t believe in race,” or “There’s only one race, the human race.” Apparently refusing to acknowledge so-called “race” is offensive because it denies the individual “races” of people.

Well, not only is this obviously extreme, but it’s also bad science! There aren’t individual races of people—there is only one race, the human race. The idea of different races of people is a Darwinian idea that has been rejected on biological grounds. In fact, the quote, “there is only one race, the human race,” which appears on UC’s list of microaggressions, originated in a New York Times article on the Human Genome Project. Dr. Craig Venter, an evolutionist, and his team made this declaration when they completed the project, because they discovered that the idea of “race” has “little or no biological meaning.”

Really, “races” is just an “evolutionized” term we shouldn’t use anymore because the idea is simply not true. So for the University of California to say that we shouldn’t say there’s only one race flies in the face of what observational science has clearly shown to be true! And of course, the Bible makes it obvious there is only one race because all humans are descended from Adam! The University of California (and many other campuses) is trying to suppress certain ideas and promote only one worldview—even contrary to observational science. Our starting point really does matter!

Different skin shades, ethnicities, and people groups are easily explained in a biblical worldview. We have different people groups because of the division of Noah’s descendants at the Tower of Babel. From there, newly created language families spread across the world and, reproductively isolated from one another by language and geography, people groups with distinct features and cultures soon arose. What we see in the world today is easily explained in a biblical worldview.

People need to know that all humans are only one race (Acts 17:26), which means they are all sinners in need of salvation!

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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