What's going to happen if gene editing becomes safe/cheap enough for people to do? Arguably it's already safe, since He Jiankui did it without any consequences.
I could see this simultaneously ushering in a white supremacist's wet dream and also his worst nightmare
dream: because everyone would obviously edit their children to be white. You can reach pretty light skin with only 2 mutations, and you can reach blue eyes with only 3. People who cannot afford it would remain dark, and form a permanent underclass--even more racist than today, because now there would be no rich dark-skinned people.
nightmare: because europeans would no longer hold a monopoly on white features, they'd have almost no advantage over the other groups of humans. 99% of people would lose their racism, since racism is based on color. The newly white Chinese, and especially Black, would still be identifiable based on facial features, but I doubt anyone would really care. The whitened Arabs and Indians would be indistinguishable from Europeans. This means that even more non-European ancestry will get mixed in with Europeans. Segregation and assortative mating will cease existing. Except of course for those too poor/too stubborn to get the gene editing.
>What's going to happen if gene editing becomes safe/cheap enough for people to do? Freaks will pay to have kids with blue skin. China will use genejacks who will only work and eat. Europe will question the morality of gene edits. USA will make patent all the healthy genes.
Ethics councils would prevent gene editing beyond elimination of diseases and unwanted genes (Like that one gene that makes you quick to anger). The ultra rich would make sure to make their children all have max stats. Nothing would change.
>genejacks Morally - wrong; Realistically - doable; Personally not my problem.
>because europeans would no longer hold a monopoly on white features, they'd have almost no advantage over the other groups of humans. 99% of people would lose their racism, since racism is based on color. No. Most racism is cultural and religious. Any black in France could make his kids white (i dn't think they hate themselves that much but still) they would still talk like blacks, think like blacks, have the same culture as blacks ... it's pointless. They would just be black people in white people's skin. I have to wonder where the fuck you got the "all racism is color based" from because not even leftists believe that, even they think it's socio-cultural.