Rich Sobel
2 min readApr 16, 2023

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You think I'm not getting your points and I think you're not getting mine. I start from a very simple place; all humans evolved from a previous species of the homo genus. Whites, Blacks, Asians, Arabians, Jews, Christians, Mayans, etc.

We are all humans and some of us contain pieces of genomic DNA that specify what some of those origins are. You can dispute that all you want but that is denying the whole concept of 2-eyed seeing, originally developed by an Indigenous elder from Eastern Canada. Both kinds of knowledge can be true at the same time!

I don't disparage or discount your creation stories. They are your stories and you can believe them or not. That is up to you. But just like we can trace where dinosaurs and mastodons and pterodactyls came from by fossils and DNA evidence, we can also do the same using human DNA sequencing. And what that evidence says is that ALL humans originated in Africa. They radiated throughout the world, evolved and adapted with many different physical traits to live better in the environments they chose. Would you like it better if I said you came to the continent we live on in some kind of Indigenous boat from say Asia? Would that be any better? It wouldn't make any difference to me where you originally came from. Or how you got here.

However, if you said you are a different kind of human being from all the other humans on this planet, that I cannot accept and we will have to agree to disagree.

Your people have been here from time immemorial, in your stories. That's just fine by me. You are the ORIGINAL inhabitants of this huge place we call the Americas (and for the record, I very much dislike that designation, America, because it was bestowed on these lands to honour an Italian cartographer, Americus Vespucci, in the 16th century B.C.E.). So very Eurocentric. Time to rename this continent, IMHO.

And yes, I will keep reading you because basically, I think overall, we are on the same page.

I look forward to more conversations and hope we can learn and benefit from each other. That would be the best of both "worlds".

Shalom (Jewish for "Peace be with you")

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Rich Sobel

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