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Throughout history one can observe the existence of racist feelings in practically all societies against people of different physical as well as religious and cultural characteristics In Europe the intensity of such feelings increased to the point that they were transformed for the first time into a form of racism we call anti-Semitism Since the nineteenth century racism gradually incorporated intensive racial prejudice and attitudes racial hatred violence and harassment racial segregation as well as persecution expulsion and extermination Arthur De Gobineau Joesph Conrad and Adolf Hitler exhibited these feelings of racism in works These feelings only represented one side of the spectrum however Those who combated racial inequalities represented their cases just as strongly as to those of racial hatred Mahandas Ghandi and Fredrick Douglass fought for equality and righteousness in their writings and actions throughout their lives Arthur de Gobineau the French philosophertheorist expressed in his Essays on the Inequality of the Human Races the notions that there are races and that races have different characteristics and that theres a continuation of racial superiority to racial inferiority That the Caucasian is the superior and there are some people who are yellow who are not quite as good as the white folks but still better than others and then brown and black That became the continuum of superiority to inferiority One of the most important points to stress about that is that black is the defining color It is blackwhite And even though there are other levels of discrimination involved the defining color in terms of inferiority is black The defining color in terms of superiority is white Gobineau expresses this feeling of superiority when he stated that the peoples who are not of white blood approach beauty but do not attain it He further states that as these races recede from the white race type their features and limbs become incorrect in form they acquire defects of proportion which in
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