Original version published in “Being Reasonable” by this author Racism may be the most confusing of all human evils – and one of the most misunderstood. As individuals we tend to focus on racially motivated injustices and brutalities, and the waste of human potential accruing from both, yet, when it comes to solving the problem, we relegate that to governments. It's their job to write better laws and expand enforcement. We may have come miles in understanding that racism exists, and how it damages everything it touches, but we have not gone a hundred yards in understanding why it exists and what each of us must overcome to fight this evil. For me to put you in that frame of mind I need to provide a compact, high speed, overview of human development and history – so please hang on. If you get lost just keep going. I repeat myself a lot.