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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:
- Racism was rampant long before the theory of evolution was proposed.
- 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)