Understanding Diversity Within The 21st Century

1272 WordsApr 23, 20176 Pages
In analyzing the history of mankind, there seems to be a disturbing trend that threads through the accounts of inchoate relations between peoples of different races. We find that when human beings from heterogeneous societies encounter other human beings from other heterogeneous societies, the differences between those human beings tends to evoke distrust, ire, and disgust. “Us-against-them” constructs are summarily built, as people put up mental-emotional barriers for “protection,” in whatever form they need it to take. Although some (very exceptional) people conceive of the differences between themselves and others as nothing more than negligible physical details, others struggle to understand why they should give equal treatment to…show more content…
According to Mullings (2005), nation-building efforts by Europeans were inherently racializing in how those efforts relied so heavily upon slavery. By exploiting human beings for labor, preying on their sense of self-worth and self-esteem, Europeans were able to build massive infrastructure without expending their own physical efforts to do so. (Mullings, 2005) This was one of the main goals of the slavery system; to create infrastructure in a way that positions the laborers themselves (rather than the labor itself) to be “commodities.” In order for such a system to perpetuate, there has to be a lack of empathy from the non-enslaved humans, so that they envision the enslaved humans as objects rather than “people.” From this point of view, a “person” is a coveted title which is only bestowed upon the so-called “elite” race. This de-humanization and its broad acceptance through propaganda and distorting belief systems is what enables racism to begin with. (Mullings, 2005) Through the de-humanization that underpinned the European slavery system/s, elite (non-enslaved) white races inherited a self-concept of superiority over enslaved, non-white races. De-humanization was crucial in perpetuating the oppression that facilitated the nation-building efforts of European settlers. Mullings (2005) discusses how through the generations that kept these systems maintained, a sense of nationalism was able to proliferate. In other words, slavery (and
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