From an earlier post (Mike Summers):
********** Let me reiterate ,and I think you will agree, racism does exist! Since it does, the theory of evolution and its alleged process infers that it (racism) had to be selected for. Logically then any act of racism or violence is due to selection processes at work. Persons that were killed were obviously, unfit and were not selected for.There is no explaining "it" away! **********
While this is true up to a point, there is an additional point missed here. That racism (or any other trait of an organism, physical or behavioral) exists today does not mean that it is being selected for by evolution today. It means that at some time in the past, it was selected for. We humans carry a lot of evolutionary baggage. Some we have to live with (an appendix, our dissappearing third molars, our bad backs, etc.) but others, particularly behavioral traits, we do not have to live with. Religion, along with other systems of morals and ethics, is one of the things that lifts us up beyond our evolutionary heritage.
Also, I hope no one makes the common error of thinking that races do not exist, therefore racism should not exist. Races, even human races, are a biological reality. Our behaviour towards those of other races is not biologically determined, only, perhaps, biologically suggested, an echo from our past. We are free to behave differently if we choose.
How are behaviours selected for via evolution when the mechanism of selection is genetic.... Are you suggesting that behaviours are coded within our genes? (The same as what Dawkins goes on about... the same thing which you claimed to not agree with?)