One Race: The Human Race Essay

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According to the Advanced English Dictionary, race equals a people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock. Every Homo sapiens living on this third rock from the Sun contain the like number of internal organs and exterior features, unless deprived of these items by accident, war, or even a genetic error with the only true difference is the pigmentation of the largest organ the human body possesses: the epidermis. As stated by Louis L. Snyder, “No one race contains all superior or all inferior individuals” (31). The misconception of an inferior people due to the pigmentation of their skin, their religious beliefs or their geographic location has not been a new line of thought, rather quite the contrary, since the ancient Greeks to modern-day Christians humanity has developed and nurtured traits encouraging the growth of prejudices toward their fellow man; howbeit differences in appearance, opportunities, or birthplace in no way creates an inferior sub-species of the human race. Perhaps, the truth would be a personification of uneducated and blind people wreaking havoc upon the less fortunate revealing in those who practice such belittling prejudices; he/she without sin, cast the first stone or be careful of the image that looks back at you in the mirror.
Snyder states: “There was little consciousness of race before the sixteenth century. The ancient world was a small world in which physical differences were not noticeable” (25). Yet, the Graeco-Roman peoples not being much different in appearance with the tribes of the north considered the Celts to be barbarians. British historian and statesman, Lord Bryce summed up the early conflicts of warring factions as:
"However much men of different races may have striven with one another, it was seldom any sense of racial opposition that caused their strife. They fought for land. They plundered one another. They sought glory by conquest. . . . But strong as patriotism and national feeling might be, they did not think of themselves in terms of ethnology, and in making war for every sort of reason they never made it for the sake of imposing their type of civilization. . . . In none such cases did the thought of racial distinction come to the front” (25).
Race did not become a contention factor until the Portuguese began importing slaves from their African colonies in the 14th century where before people were designated or separate by the language they spoke and the region they lived in.
The Torah and the Old Testament of the Christian Bible relates stories of the annihilation of entire peoples with the expansion of the Jewish Nation because of a difference in religious beliefs. These same beliefs carried over into the conquests of the European nations wherever their greed carried them. Snyder tells us: “In theory, Christianity argued that all men were spiritually alike in the sight of God, but in practice, all...

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