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All the great civilizations of the past became decadent because the originally creative race died out, as a result of contamination of the blood - Is he right?

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'All the great civilizations of the past became decadent because the originally creative race died out, as a result of contamination of the blood.' [Hitler 1939]. This from a man who so firmly believed in the ideal of the Aryan (Supreme) race that Germany's 700,000 Jews were tortured and tormented under his reign as Fuhrer from 1933 to 1945. Why this discrimination against this particular race of people? Is he right that people from other races are to be viewed differently? What is race? 'Geneticists believe that anthropologists have decided what a race is. Ethnologists assume that their classifications embody principles which genetic science has proved to be correct. Politicians believe their prejudices have the sanction of genetic laws and the findings of physical anthropology to sustain them.' [Kevles 1986, p. 90]. The human population is largely categorized into 3 main races: Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid (white, Asian and black). There are some who further subdivide the above groups into as many as 60 different races. But is it right to perpetuate on our views that we, Homo sapiens can be divided so distinctly by skin colour when there's seemingly no basis to do so? ...read more.

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Take for example; because you are blond are you necessarily dumb and incapable of accomplishing anything? Race, eye or skin colour shouldn't be used to differentiate between the capabilities of an individual, one should be judged totally on the basis of merit. When did this differentiation between the races come about? The American Anthropological Association maintain in their Statement on Race, Today scholars in many fields argue that race was a social mechanism invented during the 18th century to refer to those populations brought together in colonial America. That [it] was a mode of classification linked specifically to peoples in the colonial situation. It subsumed a growing ideology of inequality devised to rationalize European attitudes and treatment of the conquered and enslaved peoples. The ideology magnified the differences among Europeans, Africans, and Indians, established a rigid hierarchy of socially exclusive categories underscored and bolstered unequal rank and status differences, and provided the rationalization that the inequality was natural or God-given. As they were constructing US society, leaders among European-Americans fabricated the cultural [or] behavioral characteristics associated with each race, linking superior traits with Europeans and negative and inferior ones to blacks and Indians. ...read more.

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February 2001 - last update The Biology of Skin Color: Black and White [Homepage of Discover Magazine Online], [Online], Available: http://www.discover.com/feb_01/featbiology.html [25th April 2002] Johann Friederich Blumenbach, 1865, The Anthropological Treatises of Johann Friederich Blumenbach, translated and edited by Thomas Bendyshe, Anthropological Society, London Otto Klineberg, 1928, An Experimental Study of Speed and other Factors in 'Racial' Differences, Archives of Psychology No. 9, Columbia University, New York Radley Balko, Jannuary 2002 - last update, Biologically Speaking, Race Doesn't Exist [Homepage of Fox News], [Online], Available: http://foxnews.com/story/0,2933,43298,00.html [25 April 2002] Audrey Smedley, May 1998 - last update, American Anthropological Association Statement on "Race" [Homepage of the American Anthropological Association], [Online], Available: http://www.aaanet.org/stmts/racepp.htm [25 April 2002] American Civil Liberties Union, April 2002 - last update, Racial Profiling in America - Arrest the Racism [Homepage of American Civil Liberties Union], [Online], Available: http://www.aclu.org/profiling/ [26 April 2002] Jack Dunphy, March 2001 - last update, Ending Law Enforcement as We Know It [Homepage of National Review Online], [Online], Available: http://www.nationalreview.com/dunphy/dunphy030501.shtml [26 April 2002] Thomas Jefferson et al., July 1776 - last update, The Declaration of Independence: Transcription [Homepage of the National Archives and Records Administration], [Online]. Available: http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/declaration/declaration.html [25 April 2002] ?? ?? ?? ?? Shiwei Huang 0245418 Question 9 ~1~ ...read more.

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