Racism : Racism And Racism

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To understand whether or not racism is learnt, we first have to divulge into the nature of racism. It is usually assumed that racism has been a part of civilisation since civilisation started, that it is embedded into how people work and that no matter what, it will always exist. Another assumption is that racism derives from the capitalism of the slave trade by white elitist men seeking to dehumanize people for economic gain, and used racism as a way to mask their financial motives to justify enslavement as righteous. After anti-slavery movements began to happen, the capitalist motives behind slavery “took on a new form as the justification of the ideology of imperialism” [4]. Racism is a practice used to systematically oppress a race,…show more content…
It can also be easily assumed that even before this, some sort of segregation, or “proto-racism” existed throughout native colonies as a way to define the differences between rival tribes. This could have originated with differences in beliefs and then evolved into facial differences. From this we can evaluate that racism has been possibly present since cavemen times to differentiate rivals, to the ancient Greeks and Romans, where a ‘type’ of racism was used to segregate and even enslave to the modern understanding of the word racism, and its meanings rooted into black slavery. However, we still must ask ourselves, is racism learnt? Firstly, let’s focus on the learnt aspect of racism. One argument for racism being taught is the fact that throughout human evolution, continental travel would have been extremely difficult and unlikely to happen due to the sheer unfamiliarity with the world. For example, dangers, such as predators, or how to prepare or even prolong existence throughout long travels in transportation such as boats would prove difficult. Furthermore, the technology was insufficient and undeveloped to were ferrying people was an unrealistic concept. This indicates that there was essentially no contact between different races or explicitly different looking people which suggests that humans evolved without the recognition of ‘races’ and therefore without the ideology of a ‘superior’ race existing. However, many people persist that racism is innate with claims

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