In this unit we learn to how many lengths racism can take you and the amount of biases it leads to. I learned how even science or religion can be manipulated to find precisely what you are looking for. I believe the distinguishing features of racism are assumptions. The assumption that someone is better than another person because of physical differences. Also, the assumption that a racial group is all the same, simply because they are categorized in the same group. Racism is a generalization that does not consider individuals’ differences within a same culture or society. Racism assumes that these differences are unalterable.
The connection between the race concept and the European Enlightenment paved a new path for these people to confirm racist ideals through science. During this time period different scientists, such as Samuel Morton, conducted experiments or classifications where one group of people would be inferior to another. For example, how Morton correlated intelligence to the size of one’s skull. During the European Enlightenment the race concept goes beyond just seeing Europeans and classifying others that looked different into categories.
“Modern biological science and the concept of race grew up hand-in-hand.” This statement is a little hard to process. The way I see it, I would agree with it. Modern biological science and the concept of race grew up hand-in-hand but not in the sense of science proving racial differences but rather how biological science became a way for people to justify the concept of race. For example, how skull sizes (biology) can measure the intelligence of a group (race concept).