ANTHRO 128B Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Aethiopis, Drapetomania, Wainwright

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Anthro 128b race, gender, science -- lecture 6 . The nature of human difference: taxonomy & comparative anatomy. ~make certain arguments about policy if there is nothing you can change with biology. +black not able to get as much oxygen lead to laziness. ~based in idea that innate biological differences make blacks slaves and whites are. +drapetomania: mental illness of slaves to make them run away. Health disparities seen in blacks/native americans used to support idea of innate racial difference. Rate of insanity increased in blacks as they go north. Racial/biologized theories about tb provided rationale for social polities. Biological determinism & us exploration: the story we tell. First they are told to forget heritage and try to be like white people. ~then told to embrace their heritage in camps. White americans think that the west belongs to them. Wonder if all people are similar or are they different species. +not as biologically fit as euro-americans (inherently inferior)

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