Racism takes many forms and can happen in many places.
Atlantic slave trade[ edit ] Reproduction of a handbill advertising a slave auction in Charleston, South Carolinain The Atlantic slave trade had an economic foundation. The dominant ideology among the European elite who structured national policy throughout the age of the Atlantic slave trade was mercantilismthe belief that national policy should be centered around amassing military power and economic wealth.
Instead, the colonies imported African slaves, who were "available in large numbers at prices that made plantation agriculture in the Americas profitable".
According to this view, the European in-group for humane behavior included the sub-continent, while African and American Indian cultures had a more localized definition of "an insider".
While neither schema has inherent superiority, the technological advantage of Europeans became a resource to disseminate the conviction that underscored their schemas, that non-Europeans could be enslaved.
With the capability to spread their schematic representation of the world, Europeans could impose a social contract, morally permitting three centuries of African slavery. While the disintegration of this social contract by the eighteenth century led to abolitionismit is argued that the removal of barriers to "insider status" is a very slow process, uncompleted even today According to estimates in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, between and more thanslaves were forcibly transported from Africa to what is now the United States.
According to the U. During the s and s the American Colonization Society A. The colonization effort resulted from a mixture of motives with its founder Henry Clay stating, "unconquerable prejudice resulting from their color, they never could amalgamate with the free whites of this country.
It was desirable, therefore, as it respected them, and the residue of the population of the country, to drain them off".
The domestic slave trade was a major economic activity in the U. The sack belonged to a nine-year-old girl Ashley which was a parting gift from her mother, Rose, after Ashley had been sold. Rose filled the sack with a dress, braid of her hair, pecans, and "my love always" The historian Ira Berlin called this forced migration of slaves the "Second Middle Passage", because it reproduced many of the same horrors as the Middle Passage the name given to the transportation of slaves from Africa to North America.
These sales of slaves broke up many families, with Berlin writing that whether slaves were directly uprooted or lived in fear that they or their families would be involuntarily moved, "the massive deportation traumatized black people".
Added to the earlier colonists combining slaves from different tribes, many ethnic Africans lost their knowledge of varying tribal origins in Africa. Most were descended from families who had been in the U. Slavery was not actually abolished in the U. Ninety-five percent of blacks lived in the South, comprising one third of the population there as opposed to one percent of the population of the North.
Consequently, fears of eventual emancipation were much greater in the South than in the North. A crowd of thousands watched the lynching. Furthermore, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act ofwhich broadened a range of civil rights to all persons born in the United States."Silent Racism is a groundbreaking text that explores the other side of racism--the well-meaning people who consider themselves 'non-racist'--and challenges our thinking about how we understand and study racism in the twenty-first century.
Racism WatchDog is a Twitter that searches out racist or bigoted tweets and retweets them, commenting on each with a series of "woofs." The purpose of the account is to call attention to the potentially offensive tweets by people in media. Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics.
Nov 24, · Roughly half of Americans say racism is "a big problem" in society today, according to a new nationwide poll conducted by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Racism in the United States has been widespread since the colonial era. Legally or socially sanctioned privileges and rights were given . Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics.
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Website of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and related multimedia. The fabric of racism is inextricably woven and constructed into the founding principles of the United States. Racism was done and it can be undone through effective anti-racist organizing with, and in accountability to the communities most impacted by racism.