here's the best i can do ....now Greetings Again! Wow. After reading some of the comments since mine, I'm almost inclined to pass on this. However, I do have my thoughts on the matter..."Origins of Racism" and since I made the commitment to share, I'll do so. First off, in a nutshell, I'd suggest "Racism" started when those who practice it arrived on the scene. I hold to the Creation Story put forth by the Dogon people of West Africa who suggest that white folk are the result of an impatient male energy who did not wait for completion (being paired with a female twin soul/energy). As a result, it has moved to and fro across the land in it's incomplete state, angry and jealous of complete beings and living a life of shame. He uses many defenses to hide his true incomplete self working to have complete beings believe that he is really complete. Racism, in reference to what Afreekan Descendants in the west have come to know, is a SYSTEM designed to force the people(complete beings) to believe that they (white people) are all great and powerful, and that all must desire to be like them and that they are no "different" than any other "human" (complete) beings. They work very hard and very diligently at what they do. They seem to have become quite proficient at it as well. They have been doing it for a very long time. I could go further into defining how I see this as it plays itself out on ALL five levels of lived experience we share. Those levels are, Spiritual, Societal, Communal, Family and Individual. I think that as this problem exist and began on the Spiritual realm, then the ultimate solution will come from that place as well. I also believe that on each and every level we exist, we are also engaged in this Spiritual Warfare to defeat this thing and hold true to our true selves as complete beings....not living under the rule and reign of incompleteness. That's a rough draft of my theory and it's drawn from a variety of sources of knowledge that I have been exposed to. This is an interesting question and at this point I'm with Brother Edward in terms of dealing with FIRST THINGS FIRST. For me, that "first" is ....the individual. I'm interested now in hearing YOUR theory as I trust Brother Clyde Coger is awaiting as well. I "trust" this about him because of his stated pet peeve of unanswered post. so...looking forward to hearing back from you on this. M.E.