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Was antisemitism a greater problem in Germany prior to the war than in any other western European nation?
We embrace the familiar and shun the unfamiliar.
That's not really true.
Funny you should mention that since the Romans were the same race as the Franks, Goths, Lombards, Huns, etc.
Maybe, maybe not. Remember that the genetic differences between races are very small and quantitatively they are vanishingly small compared with the genetic variability that naturally occurs within races.
Point is, what people notice when they notice race (which is not even a biologically definable entity!) is a disproportionately superficial phenomenon.
And history shows it too. That's why stereotypes change with our culture. Think about America's stereotypes of people from Japan during World War II versus now. Do a web search for American political cartoons about the Japanese from the war years.
in your other post and labeled the whole thing under "that's not really true"
I also mentioned the Chinese, funny that you didn't. The Chinese also considered the Huns to be barbarians.
And while some of this highlighted racial differences ... the CLEAR basis of hatred was the difference in religion.
Unless anyone can prove that one race is superior to another, then racism cannot be justified.
Even if racism is natural, that doesn't exclude racial tolerance ALSO being natural. There are plenty of opposites in nature -- kindness and cruelty, extroversion and introversion, etc.
So whether or not racism is natural is sort of irrelevant in my book since there is no reason to believe that racism is likely (let alone inescapable).
I couldn't disagree more.
I think one has a reasonable moral obligation to form opinions (at least opinions that influence actions) based on true applicable information. I don't believe one can be possibly justified in applying untrue racist stereotypes to another.
If one is justified in thinking that the discriminated party are subhuman and that subhuman entities do not deserve equal rights, how is one not justified in abridging these rights?
Is Racism ever justified? Why or why not?
The thing is, for the racist it is not untrue
Perhaps this should have been titled judgement instead of racism.