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The Slaughter Of Native Americans And The Enslavement Of African Americans

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Race is an issue that has impacted every person on Earth for the past few centuries; humans have been divided into different ‘labels’ based upon their physical appearance. Although race seemed like a good idea to categorize and distinguish people, these groupings have been used as a basis for hatred and oppression. Throughout the years, countries, governments, and individuals have utilized race as an excuse to exploit and abuse other people. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, slavery came before the concept of races, and the notion of different races may have originated in Spain during the Inquisition. Michael James writes, “The grand inquisitor Torquemada reformulated the Inquisition to inquire not just into defendants' religious faith and practices but into their lineage. Only those who could demonstrate their ancestry to those Christians who resisted the Moorish invasion were secure in their status in the realm.” As the years progressed, race and racism worsened and have led to the slaughter of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans. More recently, it was seen as the basis for the Holocaust and Apartheid. The torture and cruelty humans have inflicted upon other humans have led many people to question if there are different species of humans, with some being inferior to others. It also brings up the question on what exactly race is. Although race was once seemingly seen as a fact, science itself has proven that races do not exist. James writes, “racial groups are presently thought to be social constructions, or a category created not by biological nature but by human invention.” The suffering that millions of people had to endure was caused by nothing other than an idea that has no biological standing. Although race has been disproven, humans are still under the illusion that people should be divided and clumped together based upon their skin tone and other physical characteristics, rather than identifying and accepting them by their cultures and customs. Despite the fact that races are not real, humans still erroneously insist on dividing themselves into different categories when in fact there should only be one. However, through scientific discoveries, race can be effectively be disproven once and for all.
According to Science Daily, the origin of life is best explained through the “Out of Africa” theory, in which humans originated out of Africa and over time, migrated to different parts of Europe and Asia. This theory that humans originated from one place should be enough to support the fact that there are no races. It is hard to imagine a group of people in Africa with individuals who displayed different physical characteristics. For example, there was no single “Caucasian” or “Asian” person in this clan who started these lineages. It is highly likely that this group of primitive humans had more similar physical characteristics than dissimilar. Therefore, it is impossible for races to exist if we are all...

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