2) Biological Racism- This can be seen in how Clare’s husband feels about black people. He states on page 68 “No n*ggers in my family. Never have been and never will be”. He thinks it is fine for his wife to have a darker complexion so long as she is not black because he views them as “black scrimy devils”. He thinks that if a person is black, then they are inherently bad people, and he hates them. This can also be seen later on when Wentworth...
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...m “illegal immigrant” is false, hurtful, and demeaning. In his one quote, he stated that “the term dehumanizes and marginalizes the people it seeks to describe”, which can also be said for the word “n*gger” (Vargas paragraph 3). In Passing, the character John Bellew uses the word many times to both degrade and criminalize black people. He uses it to also dehumanize them and make them seem more like the monsters he believes them to be, and in hopes to also convince others to believe what he does. He refers to them as “black scrimy devils”, which further seeks to demonize them in the eyes of his audience, which are at this point all white-black mixed women ironically (Larsen 70). Such as the term “illegal immigrant” is hurtful towards 11 million people, the word n*gger is hurtful to many more. Both are terms used to try and take away the humanity of the minority group.
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