- Dec 2015
Thanks friend. Well look at the world today, bigotry is a worldwide issue. So called racism is something that can effect all people not just blacks or whites. As we know even after the middle ages their were cases of White Explorers working with non whites as equals. Are there are cases of Arab or African explorers post middle ages that sought to seek out the world and perhaps they meant with people that did not look like them? We know of Columbus, Cortes and Francis Drake, but how about African and Arab explorers of the same time period?I appreciate your attempts to understand this, and can contribute one salient fact which may help you. Racism is the step-child of Euroimperialism! It was concocted to support the notion of the "white man's burden", essentially to rationalize the abuse of non-Europeans. So the fiction of "race", of a "white race", "black race", etc., was created, and has poisoned the world's thinking ever since.
It is quite true that in Roman times being black, Arab or whatever was not nearly the problem it becomes in the modern world. When non-whites exhibit this racism, usually it is a reaction to the white racism. That doesn't make it any more noble, I mean a black racist is as despicable as a white one, but nonetheless we can not avoid the conclusion that the sociomental disease of racism originated with the Europeans.
We can also find examples of ethnic hatred and bigotry which do not trace to the Europeans (Chinese feelings of superiority over "barbarians", for one example), but nevertheless the global racism we see today I think is rooted firmly in Euroimperialism.
In the USA this began in Virginia in the 17th century, when the legal distinction of "white" and "black" was invented, its purpose being to facilitate the enslavement of Africans.
Race as pointed out by a 1951 UN report is not a real topic, there are no races but rather one human species. That is an interesting point you bring up though about the origin of the terms white and black irt so called race. And yet today its not Africa or the middle east that leads the way as they did in the middle ages perhaps, but it is North and South America, and Europe which are the most liberal. How did we get here? Its history clearly. For w/e reason today its the Christian majority Countries in North and South America, Europe and one country in Africa and the middle east which is South Africa that allow LGBT marriage an indicator of being very liberal.