Mas 10 Essay#4 - Fall 09 MAS the Spanish Created and Mestizos Perpetuated Racialization How 10A Essay#4 Humans invented racialization In the

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Fall 09: MAS 10A Essay #4 How the Spanish Created and Mestizos Perpetuated Racialization Humans invented racialization. In the beginning people made classifications of groups based on phenotypes (Menchaca, 37). Later these distinctions were used to create, establish, and maintain what we have come to know as racial inequality (Menchaca, 17-18). From reading Martha Menchaca’s text, I have come to understand how race was used to create a caste system in Mexico and what that meant for the social order in New Spain. The Spanish Crown created a system in Mexico that kept Spanish blood at the top of the political and social hierarchy. The system, which was based on native heritage, constructed the social order of the time and was called the Castas system. It was used to oppress Indians and Mestizos (people of mixed Spanish and Indian blood) and keep them at the bottom of the caste system. It also kept Peninsulares (sometimes referred to as Viceroy) and Criollos (both considered pure blood Spanish) individuals at
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Mas 10 Essay#4 - Fall 09 MAS the Spanish Created and Mestizos Perpetuated Racialization How 10A Essay#4 Humans invented racialization In the

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