These ideas were used to create the concept of white and white superiority in order to justify slavery and justify the brutal treatment of Native Americans. Jefferson in Notes on the State of Virginia ponders the idea that black slaves are mentally and bodily inferior to white people. He also talks about how Native Americans are like Europeans they just need to be civilized (The Stories We Tell). The concept was used to sort out those that made up 'civililized socity' and those that did not, potentially being sub-human beings. These distinctions lead to the sociatal acceptance that blacks were able to be enslaved for life, and that Native Americans could be mistreated, killed, robbed, and such because they were lesser then the white race.
The white Americans dictated black Americans to live a certain way of life, instilling fear with their dominance. The highlighted portion has been directly taken from voices.yahoo without the necessary acknowledgement, quotation marks, and citations, which means that this has been plagiarized. It was common for the Blacks to accept their inferior role, where as for Richard Wright, it was just the opposite and paraded more frustration towards the black Americans for having a passive reaction. Slavery may have been abolished, but with restrictions on the quality of life put towards blacks, it was a birth for segregation. The social impact of white domination over blacks is clearly portrayed throughout Ethics of Living Jim Crow.
This inequality serves as a notice of how ingrained the degradation blacks have induced and to the lengths whites have gone to ensure they remain a lower or sub class. Through out the entire book Jordan makes assumptions and places sort of a personal view on this historical tragedy. He supports the idea that there grew a distinct attitude forming and evolving repressing the African as a society. The most important thing which can be gathered from this book, the idea that the constant and gradual suppression of the African in the colonies and United States led to a mentality of superiority among Caucasians over those of color.
Discrimination was widespread in law codes throughout the world before the establishment of slavery as well. In Bermuda, “the Assembly of Bermuda passed an act restraining ‘the insolencies of the Negroes’” (32). Notice the word “insolencies”,... ... middle of paper ... ...s well as the hatred of blacks. White southerners, both rich and poor, looked down upon Africans as the inferior race. Both felt the cerebral status as higher beings, especially the poor, who would be the lowest of all classes in the southern hierarchy if slavery never existed.
The victim of oppression can become the oppressor and, in fact, this 'reverse racism' may easily develop into a feeling of superiority for Black people. Although both parties, Black and White racists, suffer from the belief that their own race is the superior one, it could be said that the Black community is oftentimes more justified in their beliefs. Black writer, Sapphire is quoted as saying "One of the myths we've been taught, is that oppression creates moral superiority. I'm here to tell you that the more oppressed a person is, the more oppressive they will be" (Walker, Fall 2001). I believe it not only creates a more oppressive group of people, but a group that believes they are morally superior.
Blacks have been made to feel as though they were unequal or less than human. Howard Zinn shows the reader how racism that existed in the New World exists today, and how the barriers society has placed on color has caused a division among the races throughout the generations. How we as individuals have allowed one person’s belief to dictate how a person should be treated. Racism is defined as a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races to determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. In this chapter we see that the slave owners possess all the qualities of racism toward the African slaves.
For example Conrad says, "the thought of their humanity-like yours…Ugly" (Conrad). This just goes to show that when Conrad is compared to a black man he is discussed because he is racist. One reason we say the Europeans were racist was because they made the blacks be their slaves. The audience can see the people of color doing work for the white people and that just goes to show that they were racist. Women are discriminated throughout this book.
In that era, slavery was legal and people who had traces of African descent were treated worse than insects. It was an era when a human’s value and social status were measured by the color of their skin. Chopin writes about the importance of social status and the importance of race versus love, family, dignity, pride and honor. In addition, the story is an example of what Armand was capable of and willing to give up in order to conserve his authority in a society dominated by whites despite his knowledge of being part Black. There is much evidence in this story that leads me to the fact that Armand knew that he was part Black.
These things coupled with the years of oppression that lived through America breed a slightly still, racist culture. The most segregated people in the world were, believe it or not, widely known as slaves and property. The novel does a great job in describing racism through one character, Jim’s, slave status and the slurs thrown at him. As the story continues on and ideas mature, Huck as well as some other characters start to believe that blacks aren't as bad. Through the quote "’Well, it's a blame ridicklous way, en I doan' want to hear no mo' 'bout it.
Racism has been practiced throughout human history and is still used as a way to justify unequal treatment and enslavement of many groups of people. Racism provides the reasons for denying access to social status and cultural capital; and promotes segregation to lower classes by maintaining the idea that other people are less equal. Secondly, how do we identify a different race? Edward Said, a post-colonial theorist, posits that the idea of Other and Otherness permeates our society and it supports a racist approach to “differences.” Those who are identified as Other by their differences from the upper classes or non-Others can be marginalized and suppressed in societies class systems (Dillon 2010). Apartheid in South Africa and slavery in the United States give us real life examples of extreme marginalization (Dillon 2010).