This is literally the plot of a South Park episode
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Albert Einstien said it best: "Racism is a disease..."
One of the smartest men who ever lived thinks racism makes you a bad person, but I guess I should listen to the not-smartest men of the 20th century.
There is a long list of the "smartest men who ever lived" who believed racial supremacy was the natural order of things. James Watson co-discovered the helix structure of DNA, won the Nobel Prize, established the Human Genome Project and inspired the likes of Linus Pauling to their own scientific successes. He also believed it was undeniably true that black people are genetically less intelligent than the other races. Does his intelligence substantiate his racism? Stephen Hawking said there was a genetic basis that justified women being inferior to men in the fields of mathematics and physics. You'd call that sexism. Isn't he one of the smartest men who ever lived?
I don't know why people buy into the cult of the expert with such blinkered enthusiasm. Einstein was offered the Presidency of Israel and declined because he knew absolutely nothing about politics or foreign policy. Expertise in one field doesn't confer some sort of polymathic mastery over all others. You wouldn't listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson's thoughts on how to handle the Middle East. It doesn't have much to do with the subject of the thread, but it's always such a lousy argument.
The truth is that two hundred years from now, race relations could be the same as what they are today, or they could be better, or they could be burning you or me or anyone else on this thread alive in the streets (or not, we'll have flying pavements so no need for streets) for the color of their skin. We live in a time and place where racism is bad, and we subscribe to a philosophy that supports and maintains that paradigm. I don't know why anyone would think such things are eternal and unchanging. Why would this ideology survive any longer than all the others time has tossed aside?
@jonny_anonymous: The wiki has a different purpose and different rules. This isn't the first time someone's brought that up and it won't be the last. It's just different and you're going to have to accept that.