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By Paul R. Lehman

This ebook discusses numerous elements of race and its manifestations utilizing either educational and secular references, and finally offers a problem to the United States to acknowledge its race challenge through studying its present-day perceptions, language, and behaviour. themes mentioned contain colour, normalcy, racial precedence, and slavery's legacy.

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For example, an African American living in America cannot be a racist or a racist person because in order to be a racist, the people with which he or she identities must have the power to create, maintain and promote the superior difference. African Americans in America do not have and have never had that power. The opposite is true, however, for the European Americans. As a society, we talk about race all the time and in every conceivable context, but who defines race? Ironically, when we are able to locate any early historical definition of race it usually comes from the constitution of a state.

4. Rumor played an extremely important role in causing many riots. Rumors of some criminal activity by Blacks against whites perpetuated the actions of white mobs. 24 Chapter Four 5. The police force, more than any other institution, was invariably involved as a precipitating cause or perpetuating factor in the riots. In almost every one of the riots, the police sided with the attackers, either by actually participating in, or by failing to quell the attack. 6. 7 Some seven race riots occurring between 1880 and 1950 are considered most serious.

The impersonal face of racism,” The Daily Oklahoman, October 14, 2003, p. 6A. 6. Pitts, p. 6. 7. Pitts, p . 6. Chapter Four The Word ‘Race’ Whenever the word race is used to represent identity it carries with it the quality of separateness or divisions because the suggestion of a race being superior or inferior is always present. Our use of the word ‘race’ and many of its derivatives are so irrational that they have become at times humorous. Take, for example, the Webster’s New World Dictionary’s inclusion of three traditional primary divisions of race as Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid.

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