Talk:Race (sociology)

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Accuracy[change source]

The 20th century section had some unjustified cause-and-effect statements. Editors should realise that widespread social movements rarely have a single simple cause. In the case of racism:

  1. Racism was rampant long before the theory of evolution was proposed.
  2. Racism provided justifications for evil acts which might well have happened anyway. For example, it is quite clear that most of the trans-Atlantic slavery was primarily economically motivated. And, slavery occurred in almost all historical societies. Anti-semitic arguments in Europe were present both before and after the Hitlerian period. Jews were heavily disadvantaged in Russia when the official ideology was quite race-neutral. The connection between opinions and actions is often rather mysterious. Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:07, 24 November 2012 (UTC)