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Hi there!

I saw something interesting on TV recently. There was a story about a Brazilian soccer player who faced

mean comments during a match in Spain. He stood up against it, and the game had to pause for a bit.

This reminded me of a time when my family and I were in Spain a few years ago. We went into a souvenir shop in Mallorca, and something strange happened.

As soon as we entered, a serious-looking Spanish clerk stood next to us without saying anything. We were confused but started looking for gifts for our friends in Japan. Every time we picked up an item, like a T-shirt, and put it back, the clerk quickly took it, folded it, and put it back silently.

We realized they thought we were shoplifters! It felt really bad because we were treated unfairly just because we looked different. We were the only Japanese people around.

When I heard about the soccer player on TV, I thought about how people sometimes treat others unfairly based on their race. It made me sad, but then I read an interesting book that changed my perspective.

According to Kurzban, an evolutionary psychologist, racial discrimination isn’t something deep-rooted. He says it’s not in our instincts. Instead, it might be more about feeling uneasy around strangers.

He explains that for most of the 4 million years since humans appeared, we didn’t meet many people from different races. It’s only been about 10,000 years since we started moving around more, meeting new people.

So, when it comes to sports, like soccer, people care more about the team than the player’s race. In the Spanish league, the Brazilian player Vini faced discrimination from


some fans of the other team, but not from his own team’s supporters. This shows that most people care more about the team than the player’s race.

But you might wonder why there are still problems in some places, like the Middle East. Kurzban says it’s mostly due to luck. Different groups ended up close to each other by chance, and this led to conflicts. So, it’s not really about race; it’s more about being strangers to each other.

In the end, Kurzban suggests that we shouldn’t give too much importance to racial feelings. What do you think?