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Genes and Racism

birdfighter Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 10:08 AM
In the 1600's Shakespeare wrote a play, "Othello", wherein the leading lady is married to a black moor, Othello. The play caused no uproar in society about race. If you study a thousand years of Roman history, and add another thousands years of the Byzantine empire, an offshoot of Rome, you will find almost nothing about racial superiority. Racism, as we know it, doesn't really begin until the Imperalism age where countries like England and Spain, in subjugating new lands, needed moral justification for that subjugation.
ArizonaPatriot Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 1:54 PM
There was nothing new about European nations subjugating new lands and seeking moral justification for such subjugation. Conquest, tribalism, and hatred or disdain of foreigners are as old as the human race. The Egyptians hated and enslaved the Hebrews. The Jews hated and despised the Samaritans. For that matter, the Romans despised (and enslaved) many other racial/ethnic groups, including the Jews, and firmly believed in Roman superiority.
Ed52 Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 11:29 AM
Don't overlook Madison Grant's push for eugenics and his "Passing of the Great Race" that promoted the Master Race idea and other idiocies embraced by Hitler. Every culture that uses/exploits/fights/fears an identifiable population has to brand that population as extremely inferior.
During decades of watching both collegiate and professional football, I have seen hundreds of touchdowns scored by black players -- but not one extra point kicked by a black player.

Is this because blacks are genetically incapable of kicking a football or because racists won't let blacks kick a football?

Most of us would consider either of these explanations ridiculous. Yet genes and discrimination were the predominant explanations of black-white differences offered by intellectuals in the 20th century.

It was genes that were the preferred explanation in the early decades of that century and discrimination in the later decades, as I show in my...