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One of the major social problems that Americans have been trying to tackle for years is the obstruction of racism Racism which is defined as the point of view that racial identity is or should be important in social affairs Zadrozny 276 has plagued all of America for centuries gone and unfortunately is still present The focus of racism addressed in this dissertation will focus only on racism between whites and blacks as the inclusion of other races may be too broad for the required length statedThis statement begs the question of why Why of all the hurdles this country has crossed in the past century alone such as womans suffrage or right to vote elimination of racial segregation The Depression etc is an issue that appears to be so easily rectifiable still so prevalent and growing stronger as opposed to diminishing everyday The definition subliminally implies that racism is solely based on a matter of opinion or in fact that it is learned through an emphasized placement of racial identity placed in societyWhich leads to the question how or by whom did racism evolve its place in society According to William H Tucker the author of The Science and Politics of Racial Research science first turned its attention to the concept of race in 1735 when the great biological taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus grouped human beings into four varieties--red yellow white and black Tucker 9 Although categorizing skin color was Linnnaeus primary basis he distinguished characteristics that were specific to each He referred to the whites as keen minded and innovative and characterized the blacks as being lazy and careless This assumption that moral and mental traits were directly correlated was to inform many scientific investigations over the next two hundred years but was revised and extended in 1781 by Johann Friedrich Blumenbach Blumenbach was the physiologist who is often referred to as the founder of modern anthropology He revised the Linnaeus system by adding
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