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Racism and Discrimination

Race Thinking and Group Prejudice

RACISM is the false belief that certain groups of people a better than others because of the way they look, what they believe or where they were born.

In modern times, racial differences have played a fundamental part in group prejudice. The idea of ‘race’ has a long history, but it was only in the eighteenth century that anthropologists began to promote the theory that external or physical differences were an indication of inherent qualities.

Racial theorists ultimately ascribed all human experience, including the rise and fall of civilizations, to the notion of race. Race concepts served to justify European colonialism with its belief in the superiority of European civilisation.

 

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