White Supremacy; “the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.” (Blau, J. R., & Bonilla-Silva, E., 2002). Throughout history, there are many occurences with white supremacist groups targeting the minority groups of the United States, whether it was because of their religion or the color of their skin that was inferior to the average white male. “White supremacy is known for its ruthless treatment of other racial groups, and for its enforcement of a superior race” (Adams, J., & Roscigno, V. J., 2005). In the late 1800’s, there were many different racial groups living in the United States, some including the “civilized” and “uncivilized”. The creation of the white racial hierarchy had to occur in order to categorize the United States, preventing disorder .
Bonnycastle states that, "The aim of the colonizers was not only to dominate, but to eliminate everything in the lives of the natives that might have given them a sense of identity or dignity" (229). Colonizes dehumanized populations of people just to reap for their own benefit. In the eyes of an empire, this colonization was doing good, “It was a project energized in part by high ideals: the desire to bring the benefits of European science, technology, and medicine to millions of people leading lives that were viewed (by the
Many also were no longer citizens of the country they were born in. Yet Jews aren’t the only example the Armenian genocide is also a cause of social Darwinism ideas. Overall social Darwinism made racism, sexism and colonialism be justified, by the simple fact that white European men were the superior sex and race. Darwinism lead to the idea of genocide being justified by the simple thought that a superior race existed, it made sexism normal due to the fact that women did not have right, and were seen as the lesser
them. The Nazis were Darwinists, meaning that they believed in survival of the fittest. Anyone that was not part of the "superior race" would be killed. Their main targets were Jews, Gypsies, and people with disabilities, afro-Germans, Jehovah Witnesses, homosexuals, and prostitutes. Hitler thought the Nazi Germany was becoming weaker because of people who lived there who he thought were ‘genetically weak”.
The unfortunate truth about the world is that it is far from perfect but, depending on the eye of the beholder it can either be seen as encouraging or detrimental to society. Examining imperfection through a biological perspective one can see that imperfections is what makes each individual distinct from one another, especially during reproduction. When humans reproduce not only do both the mother and father pass on their genes to their offspring but also combine and mix different genes to create amalgamation of both parents, ultimately fabricating variation among the human race. If humans reproduced like most single celled organism in which they divide themselves into an identical or perfect copy of itself then there would be no distinction among humans, creating a dull and directionless life. On the contrary, the complexity of and individuals mind can be detrimental to society.
In the Masterpiece Society (TNG), an important element of the episode is the controversy surrounding eugenics, and the effect selective breeding has on what it means to be human. The Enterprise stumbles upon an isolated colony that is genetically engineered to be the perfect society—they have eradicated disease, live in harmony with their environment (and each other), and are designed specifically to fulfill a defined purpose in the society. Nearly everything is accounted for and very little occurs that is unexpected. The colony’s society is perfectly balanced, but it is also extremely fragile. One change could destroy the society, could let it fall to chaos.
Look at their eyes— look at their mouths. Look at the way they stand up. They sit on chairs…They’re the Lost Tribes, or something like it, and they’ve grown to be English…” (Kipling 26). The imperialist view that the English are superior is obvious. The racist element comes in because Dravot thinks that these races need to be converted and civilized according to his imperialistic standards.
The relationship between race and racism is due to the fact that there are racial categories created, in order for particular social groups to be on top of the hierarchy. For example, the white group, which is on top of this racial hierarchy, established the notion of race in order to benefit themselves, which has led to racism among other minority groups. The ideology of a group being superior than others leads to racism. Ultimately, race is the product of racism, and racism is not the product of race (25). The society that organizes individuals and groups into different races will never be free of racism.
The movie Gattaca is set up in the fictional not-too-distant future. The not-too-distant future is a society in which eugenics are the dictating ideology and genetic discrimination is real. The use of biometric based on the genetic database registry has helped create two categories of people; the ‘valids’ and the ‘invalids’. The ‘valids’ are those individual who are created based on the choices of the biometrics and are seen as actually being superior that the invalids who have been conceived by tradition la means and are regarded as having a higher likelihood of developing genetic disorders. Genetype profiling is significantly applied in identification of valids for purposes of quality employment with the invalids being subjected to those lower quality jobs.
Darwin’s theory says that humans descend from one common ancestor, and physiologically change due to the clime and environmental changes, challenging the idea that human differences are permanent.2 (An instant where someone supported Darwin before 1950) The idea is supported in 1950 when UNESCO published “The Statement on Race,” which had a goal to “synthesize a clear statement about the science of “race,” rejecting the previous notion that race was based upon biological differences. UNESCO affirmed that not only was Cuvier’s idea of scientific racism unjustifiable, but that the human race is monogenetic, meaning that mankind has one common ancestor. 4 Scientists came together and shut down the notion that biology justifying racism, but that race has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with society and social myths created overtime. Video, The Colour of Money (insert citation), discusses Christianity, and how religion accepted slavery, essentially becoming a
1. In the video, it was stated that racial classifications are arbitrary. Please explain how racial classifications are arbitrary. Racial classifications are arbitrary. Many “scientists” in societies have tried to prove that some races were more evolutionarily developed than other races with the use of eugenics, but race is a social construct to categorize people with similar features into the same sub-groups.