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Originally posted by masqua
Originally posted by FyreByrd
Racism has been practised a lot longer then 400 years. It was used, certainly, by Europeans to justify colonization but didn't start there.
No? Please show me some instances where the term 'race' existed prior to the 1600's. You might be able to re-write history.edit on 22/5/13 by masqua because: (no reason given)
Many ancient and medieval writers commented on how skin color correlated with intelligence. To the shock of many modern readers the Greeks and Romans equated dark skin with intelligence and lighter skin with stupidity. The Greek historian Lucian (125?-90) wrote that the Ethiopians (name for all black people), "Being in all else wiser than other men," invented astrology and taught it to the Egyptians.1 Aristotle (398-332BC) believed that, "The races that live in. Europe are full of courage and passion but somewhat lacking in skill and brain power Those who are too black are cowards, like for instance, the Egyptians and Ethiopians. But those who are excessively white are also cowardsThe complexion of courage is between the two." 3
Aristotle believed, liked many Greeks and Romans, that they lived in the perfect, "mid-position geographically," between the intelligent, yet cowardly dark skinned southerners, and brave, yet dull pale-skinned northerners. Vitruvius Polio (1st century BC) in his book, On Architecture, wrote the following passage about the different innate attributes of people: "Now while the southern peoples are of acute intelligence and infinite resource, they give way when courage is demanded because their strength is drained away by the sun; but those who are born in colder regions by their fearless courage are better equipped for the clash of arms, yet by their slowness of mind they rush on without reflection, and through lack of tactics are balked of their purpose Italy presents good qualities which are tempered by admixture from either side both north and south, and are consequently unsurpassed. And so, by its policy, it curbs the courage of the northern barbarians; by its strength, the imaginative south. Thus the divine mind has allotted to the Roman state an excellent and temperate region in order to rule the world.
Originally posted by Hopechest
Originally posted by kimish
reply to post by Hopechest
Exactly. Racism is simply believing that one race is superior to another. Period. That means we can all be different and be specialized in certain things but it doesn't make one inferior or superior over another.
It doesn't even need to be race. There was a great experiment a teacher did with her blue eyed students and the brown eyed students to show them the effects of racism. Simply google it for the video if you want to watch it.
You could hate homosexuals, overweight people, the list is really endless of what a person could be racist against.
Its also important to note that racism is not something you can directly control. You can't help it if you like or dislike vanilla ice cream for instance. You could try to dismiss it but that feeling will still usually be there except with a lot of effort.
As long as it stays at that level however, it is harmless.
Originally posted by ShadellacZumbrum
reply to post by FyreByrd
It might be off point but, . .. I Fail to see how Negligence equates to Racism or Prejudice.
Maybe it was a bad example on your part.
In any event
Racism is basically the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race.
Prejudice is an adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.
Example ... . I am Racist Towards Nazis and EVERYTHING they Stand for.
Example .. I am Prejudice towards anyone who does not share my Biased opinion.
Originally posted by gamesmaster63
Disliking someone because they are a member of a specific RACE is racism.
^Taxonomy for humans.
Subspecies: Homo Sapiens Sapiens
^Taxonomy for dogs.
Subphylum: Vertebrata (have spinal columns)
Class: Mammalia (fur bearing)
Order: Carnivora (meat eaters)
Species: C. lupus (wolves and dogs)
Subspecies: C. l. familiaris)
Even the staunchest advocates of racial science despaired of establishing race as a real, physical entity. Every ‘scientific’ measure of racial type, from headform to blood group, was shown to be changeable and not exclusive to any one group. As racial scientists searched desperately for more and more trivial manifestations of race, the biologist WJ Solas noted, apparently without a hint of irony, that ‘it is on the degree of curliness or twist in the hair that the most fundamental divisions in the human race are based.’