One of the most interesting themes I see in this weeks readings is the development of racism over time. The idea that racism can be traced all the way back to the thirteenth and fourteenth century in the discrimination of Jews is baffling to me. However, I think the one common theme between all the racism no matter what time it occurred is the dehumanization of those who are different. In the height of Jim Crow south, racism manifested itself as treating African-American’s like animals, less than humans. At the end of the day, just that form of racism can be traced back to the beginnings of the slave trade, with white Europeans going to Africa go use other humans as slaves. The US Constitution, the highest law in our land of the free and home of the brave, says that all non-free persons shall count as three-fifths of a person. The law itself counted African-American’s as less than one human being. Racism itself has its roots in entitlement and a need to feel powerful and above those who are different. It is interesting, however, to also see how racism and nationalism can be seen hand in hand, as evidenced in Nazi Germany. The antisemitism views held by the German people were in support of their country and their leader. The PBS article by George Fredrickson states that, “that to be Jewish in Germany was not simply to adhere to a set of religious beliefs or cultural practices but meant belonging to a race that was the antithesis of the race to which true Germans belonged.” This racist hatred was portrayed as protecting Germany from outsiders. While nationalism can be a positive, it is clear that with a slanted mindset it can be used to discriminate.