Racism  

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"Je est un autre" [I is another] --Arthur Rimbaud. (illustration blackface).
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"Je est un autre" [I is another] --Arthur Rimbaud. (illustration blackface).

“For any European during the nineteenth century – and I think one can say this almost without qualification – Orientalism was such a system of truths, truths in Nietzsche’s sense of the word. It is therefore correct that every European, in what he could say about the Orient, was consequently a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric.” -- Edward W. Said, Orientalism pp. 203-4


"Morning, noon and night we were subjected to jeers, insults and blows because we were "Negroes". Who will ever forget that the black was addressed as "tu", not because he was a friend, but because the polite "vous" was reserved for the white man?" --Patrice Lumumba, "Congolese Independence Speech" from The Truth about a Monstrous Crime of the Colonialists, Moscow, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1961, pp. 44-47. [1]


"‘It’s all the fault of the Jews.’ -What’s a Jew?’ I ask. ‘People with Jewish blood,’ is your answer. ‘What’s the difference between Jewish blood and other blood?’ This question stumps you; you hesitate, become confused, and answer: ‘I mean the Jewish race.’ ‘What is race?’ I ask. ‘Race? Why, that’s simple; just as there is a German race, so there is a Jewish race. ‘What characterizes the Jewish race?’ ‘Well, a Jew is dark-haired, has a long hooknose and sharp eyes. The Jews are avaricious and capitalistic. “Have you ever seen a Mediterranean Frenchman or Italian together with a Jew? Can you distinguish them?’ ‘Well, not really.’ ‘What, then, is a Jew? The blood picture shows no difference; he does not look different from a Frenchman or Italian. And have you ever seen German Jews?’ ‘Sure, they look like Germans.’ ‘And what is a German?’ ‘A German belongs to the Nordic Aryan race.’ ‘Are the Indians Aryans?’ ‘Sure.’ ‘Are they Nordic?’ ‘No.’ ‘Are they blond?’ ‘No.’ ‘So you see, you don’t know what is a German and what is a Jew.’ ‘But there are Jews.’ ‘Certainly there are Jews, just as there are Christians and Mohammedans.’ I mean the Jewish religion.’ ‘Was Roosevelt a Dutchman?’ ‘No.’ ‘Why do you call a descendant of David a Jew if you don’t call Roosevelt a Dutchman?’ ‘With the Jews it’s different.’ ‘What’s different?’ ‘I don’t know.’" --Listen, Little Man! (1945) by Wilhelm Reich

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Racism is a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human so-called races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior. Many scholars maintain race to be a social construct with potent social and political effects but no basis in biological science.

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