Originally posted by F@mousSu@ve on October 21, 2023 13:50
The ideas taught through race ‘science’ are so appealing to Europeans and Americans as they put them up on a pedestal and are opinions that are easy for them to fall into. These same ideas also cause Europeans and Americans to reaffirm the way that they already defined themselves from other races, although now with ‘science’ confirming it to be fact. In many experiments done by scientists to prove the natural difference between races, such as Samuel Morton, various measurements would be done on human skulls to show how you can determine many characteristics of a person and their entire race based on the sizes of their features. The difference that they would find in peoples features would help them to explain their ideas by making claims such as African people being less intelligent because of what they had seen in their research that were mostly focused on male white skulls against female skulls of other races that would naturally be smaller. As a result these scientists' research was mostly inaccurate. However it was still widely accepted and taught to others. These ideas that Europeans and Americams were better than others also helped to lower any dissonance or poor feelings that they had for taking over the land or severely mistreating people of a different race as they were “less than them” and didn’t deserve anything more. This additional factor of accepting the race ‘science’ to be true, made it that much more popular and attractive to people. As a direct result of how popular these ideas were, many scientists and professors would turn their work towards it to gain wealth and make a name for themselves that directly caused the spread in race ‘science’.
As these pseudo-scientific ideas made their way over to the United States and it spread throughout America as it did Europe, it was also widely accepted for the same reasons as it had before. There was a diverse population in America of many different races and cultures from people who had come to the county. The white population in America had a history of thinking they were more deserving in ways such as pushing the Indigenous population out for years and years and taking their land thinking that it was necessary and they deserved it. As well as separating themselves from African Americans and participating in slavery just like many other places in the world. The white people of America continued to use race ‘science’ to justify their past actions and ones that they would continue to make, like the separation of white people and African Americans with many “white only” places that had an even greater effect on agreeing with the consensus that other races were different species and should be treated differently than Europeans and Americans. The impacts of racial injustices such as these are still prominent today as many people in America will have less opportunities, be treated unfairly, and in some cases forever seen as different by some just because of their race.
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It is important to note the idea of dissonance in these events because there must have been some people that stood up against these 'scientists' and made sure that they were not becoming validated. It does seem as though a lot of people during this time either didn't care enough to say something or were too scared of going against the current so instead they decided to conform to the standards created by society. A big problem during this time was the illiteracy and lack of knowledge the people had as a result of an education based on the church. If it isn't a matter of dissonance or conformity it might be an issue of the education received by people who believed in these theories.