Nye broke down the science behind why people have different colored skin and how discrimination based on this physical difference makes absolutely no sense.
Bill Nye 2.0 is back and he's tackling yet another important topic this time. The iconic '90s children's TV host who — for most of us — played a crucial role in shaping our childhoods, has in recent times adopted a less child-friendly persona to knock some sense into the absolute mess that is the world today. Last month, the 64-year-old used science and simple experiments to address the anti-mask movement and explained how wearing a mask is literally a matter of life and death during the pandemic. The TikTok video was quite well-received across social media platforms with even lawmakers sharing it as a PSA with their constituents.
This time, Bill Nye the Science Guy chose to break down an equally problematic social matter: racism. Turning to his 4.5 million followers on TikTok, Nye broke down the science behind why people have different colored skin and how discrimination based on this physical difference makes absolutely no sense. He begins by displaying a map of the continents of the earth, which depicts how much ultraviolet light lands in each latitude. "Turns out, the closer you are to the equator, the more intense the ultraviolet. The reds and the purples," he explains.
"But then as you move away from the equator, we change the colors to orange, yellow, greens, and greys," Nye continues. He then proceeds to show how this affects our skin with an analogous single-colored map. "It turns out that everybody on earth is descendent from people that lived here, in Africa," he explains. "And then as groups of us moved around the world, the color of our skin had to change. Here's why: Our skin is where we make vitamin D. If you don't get enough ultraviolet, you don't get enough vitamin D."
"But if you get too much ultraviolet, then you break down your folates," Nye continues. "You have to have it in perfect balance. And because the ultraviolet varies, the color of our skin varies. And that's it, everybody, that's why we have different colored skin. But we're all one species! But we're not treating each other fairly. Not everybody's getting an even shake. So it's time to change things." Nye's one-minute-long TikTok is the perfect answer to all those who continue to discriminate their fellow human beings based on the color of their skin, or the country they're supposedly from. He pretty much shuts down the "go back to your country," argument by pointing out that at the end of the day, all of our origins can be traced back to the same place.
Nye's followers on TikTok absolutely loved his badass shut down of racists with many commenting how the iconic Science Guy may have just ended racism with his education lesson on races 101. "When the world is doing so bad that Bill Nye had to come back into our lives," commented zugey.olvera. "Bill Nye said Black Lives Matter," wrote another TikTok user tasiajanee. "I don't understand why people care so much about another person's race. We all literally eat, breathe, and bleed the same. Love one another," commented Larry.
The video also made its way over to Twitter where many netizens shared it with their followers to hopefully knock some sense into the racists amongst us. "Legend Bill Nye explaining in 1 minute how we are ALL descended from black Africans and ALL THE SAME SPECIES. So quit the violent racism white superiority complex systemic B.S. 'IT'S (beyond) TIME TO CHANGE THINGS,'" tweeted Taylor Rose. "Bill Nye + science destroying racism in a very easy to understand way. Get into it," wrote Twitter user Lee.