Development of Racism Essay

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All humans want to be accepted in society for who they are, not how they look, their skin color, or even facial features. Humans want to be accepted by their intellectual and physical abilities. Granted some humans aren't recognized for their abilities but acceptance is necessary, in my opinion, if a person is not accepted by society, he or she becomes an outcast in the “norm society.” Done by humans throughout their lives, we naturally judge others by their looks, and categorize in life to make things more understandable. We categorize people, food, cats, dogs, shoes, cars, and much more. While it seems just fine to categorize food and material things, is it ok to do the same with human beings without being judgmental or raciest? Winston …show more content…
Before that in 1684, Francois Bernier came up with the first category of race, and he divided humankind into his ideal of four races; European, Africans, Orientals, and Lapps, (Cornel West 77) and they were each localized to a continent. I believe one of the reasons how the development of a race served to assist colonist’s ventures is because for one, it made sense at the time, not only did the other humans look different, they lived and dressed different and two they were told no different by higher authority. I also believe that it gave the Europeans a reason to say, “I’m better then you,” basically an attempt of a group in power to designate the proper position in relationship to themselves of another group, which created what we call “white superiority.” Besides creating human kind into races, the Europeans created ideals for beauty to also create diversity amongst others.
According to West, this ideal was drawn primarily from classical aesthetic values of beauty, proportion and human form (75). This ideal of beauty was drawn from the Greek arts, and J.J. Winckelmann was one more famous to promote these norms, Winckelmann laid down “rules” on what beauty should be, and the outline of features of the face and body. Needless to say, Winckelmann had never even been to Greece. These idyllic standards were sustained in Europeans; white supremacy and its vision of good and evil of society became institutionalized in colonial

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