Thursday, April 29, 2004

Race, Building the myth of black inferiority

A number of 18th-century political and intellectual leaders publicly asserted that Africans were naturally inferior and that they were indeed best suited for slavery. A few intellectuals revived an older image of all living things, the scala naturae (Latin: �scale of nature�), or Great Chain of Being, to demonstrate that nature or God had made men unequal. This ancient


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