European culture introduced the modern concept of race and racism after the light/right/white rationale was introduced by way of religion. Historically and factually, no other culture labels people according to a color code except for Europeans/Caucasians. A lot of people have the concept of race confused with something else. For example…did you know that people of middle eastern descent (arabs) are “white”? Yes, they are according to the current established racial categorization as shown in the image below this post. The image is from form SF-181 from the US government which is an ethnicity and racial classification form used for US government employees. Notice how the definition for each racial category starts with “A person having origins in any of the original peoples of” except for the Black or African American category. That racial category for Black or African American is simply, “A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.” Acknowledging this fact another fact has to also be acknowledged…there are no black racial groups (plural) in Africa…there is only one. What would the other black racial groups be? There is only one black race. Wouldn’t the racial categories be the other racial groups according to how race is defined? Do you see how the term “original peoples” is used with every race but the Black or African American category? If you knew the reason for why this is, you will see how the European concept of race is racist within itself. You have to understand the history of modern racial classification to understand why the modern racial classification is racist. The age of European imperialism and colonization established political relations between Europeans and peoples with their own distinct cultures and politics (people that are not white, darker races). European Imperialism was justified by the Papal Bulls of Donation. The Papal Bulls of Donation are indeed racist (read them). Take a look at the main ones:
Dum Diversas – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum_Diversas
Romanus Pontifex – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanus_Pontifex
Inter Caetera – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter_caetera
Dudum Siquidem – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudum_siquidem
The Papal Bulls of Donation were the basis for how Europeans dealt with the rest of the world after they were issued. This means that the basis for how Europeans dealt with other “races” was and is racist. The modern racial classification came about during the scientific revolution time period. As Europeans encountered people from different parts of the world, they speculated about the physical, social, and cultural differences among various human groups. The rise of the Atlantic slave trade, which gradually displaced an earlier trade in slaves from throughout the world, created a further incentive to categorize human groups in order to justify the subordination of African slaves specifically. Thus, being that the light/white/right reasoning was already in place due to the spread of Christianity via violence and coercion, black was decided to be used for African people because anything black is perceived to be bad in European culture, philosophy and rationale (for example: blackball, blacklist, black market, darkness is bad, etc.). White was decided to be used for Europeans because anything white is considered good according to European culture, rationale, and philosophy. Do you notice how white people are not called, “European Americans”? They are classified as simply “white” without a regional distinction like the other race categories.
So, what does all of this mean? It means what is clearly obvious…the concept of race as we know it today is indeed rooted in racism and it needs to be addressed as opposed to being blindly perpetuated without consideration of its origin and purpose.
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