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Unformatted text preview: judices, but they are no less crude or mistaken then their
19th century forebears. If racism is part of human nature, then sots have a real challenge on their hands . If racism
is hard-wired into human biology, then we should despair of workers ever overcoming the divisions between them to fight for a
sot society free of racial inequality. Fortunately, racism isn’t part of human nature. The best evidence for this assertion is the fact
that racism has not always existed. Racism is a particular form of oppression . It stems from discrimination against a group of people based
on the idea that some inherited characteristic, such as skin color, makes them inferior to their oppressors. Yet the concepts of “race” and “racism” are modern
inventions. They arose and became part of the dominant ideology of society in the context of the African slave trade at the dawn of capitalism in the 1500s and 1600s. Although it
is a commonplace for academics and opponents of som to claim that Karl Marx ignored racism, Marx in fact described the
processes that created modern racism. His explanation of the rise of ca...
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