The Social Construction of Race (1).pdf - The Social Construction of Race Black inferiority was a socially constructed narrative which enabled rapid

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The Social Construction of Race Black inferiority was a socially constructed narrative which enabled rapid economic development and the creation of vast wealth for Britain and European settlers during the 17th and 18th centuries. During this time, religion presented a potential means by which African Americans challenge the racial barriers that existed in society and perceive an existence in which they were equal. This is evident in Phillis Wheatley’s 1773 poem, On Being Brought from Africa to America . The British and North American economies benefited immensely from the importation of slaves to the Caribbean and North America from West Africa. Their use as a source of cheap labour allowed for the cheap production of raw materials which could then be exported across the world. This economic growth was enabled and justified by the myth of racial inequality. Consequently, it was crucial for racial divisions to be enforced in order to maintain this
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