Week 2 Reflection Post

There are many distinguished features of Racism. But they come from stereotypes and those who refuse to accept change. Some individuals have unwillingness to change and accept others based on differences. These individuals are always judging based on appearance and not on who the person really is. Stereotyping is making negative assumptions about a certain group. For example, all black people eat fried chicken. It’s a negative statement because it amy not be true and it’s offensive to automatically think that. In the article “The Historical Origins and Development of Racism” George Fredickson states “Racism exists when one ethnic group or historical collectivity dominates, excludes, or seeks to eliminate another on the basis of differences that it believes are hereditary and unalterable”.  This is connected to the European Enlightenment and the race concept. The European Enlightenment was when ethnologists began to divide us into different races. I believe this might be where race began and continued to grow. The European Enlightenment and race concept were the start of race. The European Enlightenment allowed people to view others in a different way. As time went by,  people began to go see different views, culturally.

I believe that the modern biological science and the concept of race do go hand-in-hand. These two terms have very similar definitions. In one of the readings it states the definition of race is “a group of people who perceive themselves and are perceived by others as possessing distinctive heriditary traits.” Biological science defines race as a population of humans categorized by heritable characteristics. They both stress the importance of hereditary traits and characteristics.

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