Collective Degradation: Racism After Slavery By Stanley L. Engerman

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Whether slavery comes from racism or racism comes from slavery, how did it begin to form into discrimination? Racism is a form of discrimination against a group of people based on their skin color or characteristics. Slavery is people that are not in control of what they are and not able to do. Source one, Collective Degradation; Slavery and the Construction of Race (Segments one and two) written by Stanley L. Engerman discussing the linking of slavery and racism. Second source gives a brief history of the word nigger. Source three, Slavery and the Origins of Racism (Segment: Racism after Slavery) written by Lance Selfa, analyzing the justification of how we still express our selves with racist words, though slavery has ended (in America.)…show more content…
Source 3: “Slavery lasted as long as it did because it was profitable. And it was profitable to the richest and most “well-bred” people in the world.” The Civil War in the United States abolished slavery and ended up increasing the amount of racism towards blacks and whites. Not with standing that, not too long ago, racism was one of the main ways that the ruling class used to keep blacks and white workers separated. Now, reading comic strips and TV shows and etc. telling a racist joke like it’s giving an elephant its peanut for dinner. “As the U.S. economy grew and sucked in millions of immigrant laborers, anti-immigrant racism developed. But these are both different forms of the same ideology—of white supremacy and division of the world into “superior” and “inferior” races—that had their origins in slavery.” Racism will forever go on, it is part of human nature, it isn’t like taking a pacifier from a baby, and even then they will want it back. Slavery was a way of physical racism, you can break the thing or in this case person you are against until they suffer and more discriminating, was wealthy whites with the power to do

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