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StudyGuide - Exam 1 - Race and Racism

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Race and Racism
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ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 Concepts: th 19  century race/racism 19th Century Realities  Dependence on black labor  Culture of racial slavery o Priority of race over class and everything else o Physical and psychological brutality commonplace  Sociocultural patterns established o Black subservience o White control  Biological diversity and DNA & Mitochondrial DNA Understanding Biological Diversity  Anthropological evidence o Architecture o Tools o Personal items o Remains  Genetic evidence  What we know: o African origins  AMH emerged in Africa 200 kya  AMH left Africa 60 kya o We aren’t that different   99.9% of genetic information is shared DNA (Deoxyribonucleic ACID)  Molecule, 4 bases, in linear arrangement. o Thymine o Cytosine ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 o Adenine o Guanine  Double stranded  Carries hereditary information (growth and development too) o Passed on by replication  Variation in DNA  6 billion pairs on 46 DNA molecules  99.9% identical, 6 million points of difference o Variation within major groups predates the move out of Africa o Variation between major groups postdates the move out of Africa  Highest diversity exists among those with recent Sub­Saharan ancestry Mitochondrial DNA  Inherited from mother  Only 16,569 base pairs  Easy to track/sequence  Doesn’t recombine  Highest diversity in people with recent African ancestry Haplogroups  Genetic population with common ancestor  Assigned letters of the alphabet  Black slavery (significance and uniqueness) & Process of  enslavement Process of Enslavement  “Chattelization” of Labor  Need for Labor/Economic Interests  Gradual restriction  Results in Black Slavery Black Slavery  Economic & Social Institution ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 o Part of the Southern “way of life”  Easily rationalized o Slaves in Africa o Savages/Sinners Significance  ServitudeSlavery o Two different institutions because it incorporates the concept of race  Ideology of Human Difference  Defined Social Hierarchy Classification Early Classification  Early science all about classification  Linnaeus o Swedish botanist o Systema Natural ­ 1735  Humans grouped with higher primates  Four human categories o Environment created difference  Johan Blumenbach  1770s and 1780s   Five categories — Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, American, Malay  Environment created difference o Specifically, degradation  Aesthetic values = scientific knowledge  Monogenesis vs. Polygenesis Impact of Classification   Permanence/Rigidity  Link between physical and cultural  Ignores biological and cultural reality  Ranking   Scholarly credibility o People claimed credential however they liked  ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Clinal variation The Issue with Race  Genetic variation is  o Clinal (80% tied to geography) o Non­concordant o Widely distributed  Cluster  Race  Race  Genetic ancestry  Genetic Variation  3 types of DNA variants o Ancient African variants present throughout the world o Ancient African variants that remained in Africa o More recent variants traceable to non­African regions  Clinal pattern o While there may be epicenters of genetic mutations, they are not isolated  Colonial opposition to slavery Religious Opposition to Slavery  Moral outrage o Advocated for humanization of conditions  Threatened Slavery o Eliminating “heathen” reasoning o Improving literacy  Enlightenment Opposition to Slavery  Many Englishmen had more freedom than ever before  Connection between English values and abolition  *Did not necessarily believe in equality Pro­Slavery Response  Enhanced commitment to slavery ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 o Cotton gin o Increase in slave rebellions  Anti­slavery efforts pick up in 1830s  Pro­slavery pushback o Religious arguments (Souls, Punishment) o Secular arguments (Economy, Control, Natural)  Embodiment Genetic Determinism  Genes AND environment determine phenotype  Uncritical use of race  Emphasis on cluster over variation Embodiment  Dual status as biological and cultural beings  How social influences impact the body  Biology cannot be understood without society  o Our social world influences our body  Effects of Racism on the body  Interpersonal and institutionalized racism has health effects o Constrains opportunities for success o Creates pathogenic social contexts  Residential segregation Chicago study on hypertension  European origins of race European Origins of Race  Previous interactions  Religious beliefs  National ethnocentrism  Hierarchical view of natural & social world English Nationalism ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Protestantism o Henry the 8 , creating Protestantism separates English from the rest of Europe  Exceptionalism o Us against the world o English Identity  Lack of interaction o Spanish interacted with the Middle East and Africa, the British didn’t  Genetic determinism Genetic Determinism  Genes, and environment, determine phenotype  Although race is inadequate, we use it uncritically  Emphasis on cluster over variation  Pre­Darwinian roots  Genetic evidence of diversity (Where and how  variation/genetic change occurs) Understanding Biological Diversity  Anthropological evidence o Architecture o Tools o Personal items o Remains  Genetic evidence  What we know: o African origins  AMH emerged in Africa 200 kya  AMH left Africa 60 kya o We aren’t that different   99.9% of genetic information is shared Ancestry and Blood Type  Despite the persistence of racial categories, human diversity is incredibly varied  Blood types o A&B diverged 20 mya ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 o O arose in Africa before diaspora  O most common worldwide, AB least common Sources of Genetic Change  Mutation o Heritable change in structure or amount of DNA  Natural Selection  o Favoring of traits that enhance survival and reproduction  Genetic Drift o Genetic change due to chance  Gene flow o Transfer of genes across population boundaries  Great Chain of Being Hierarchy in American Society  Great Chain of Being o Originated with Greek philosophers o Quasi­Scientific, Quasi­Theoretical  Black Americans occupied lower rank o Intellect o Appearance o Immorality  Sexual deviants  Lazy  Ranks o God o Angels o Humans o Other Animals  Monogenesis vs. Polygenesis Monogenesis vs. Polygenesis th  19  century debate focused on this point o Scientists stabilize the idea of race as a category ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Race and species were previously defined o Reproductive isolation o Single originAdam and Eve  Retrogression of social thinking o Racism made them think of Polygenesis as a valid theory Monogenesis  All humans a single species, with single origin o Inherent  Two explanations for difference o Degeneration o Great Chain of Being  Lamarck and Darwin Anthropology and polygenism  Samuel Morton – Study of Crania  Louis Agassiz – Convert to Polygenism  Josiah Nott – Types of Mankind  Herbert Spencer – Social Darwinism  Natural and Civil Rights Natural & Civil Rights  Natural Rights o Natural system o Land and resources held in common   Civil Rights o Developed system o Right to land you have improved  Similarities with Irish Colonization  Violence  Religious mission   Forced removals  Civil rights over natural rights Arrival of Africans ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  First Africans in the Americas o Haiti/Hispaniola 1492 o Immigrants, sailors, tradesmen, etc.  First Africans in an English colony o Jamestown 1619 o Unclear status  Origins of anthropology Origins of Anthropology  People have always done anthropology o Maybe not like we do today (professionally)  Increase in activity with European expansion o Collecting & Classification th  Anthropology emerges when it all comes together (in the 19  century) o Study of cultural difference o Desire to explain antiquity of humankind o Desire to explain biological origins of humankind  Possessive individualism Possessive individualism  Economic and social change in 15  & 16  centuriesBefore feudalism  Basic right of man to own property in his own person, body, labor, etc.  Justified appropriation of land The Irish  Long standing conflict  Differences in: o Religion o Settlement patterns o Mode of subsistence o Language  Race as a solution Race as a Solution  ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Old World slave systems recognized humanity  Slavery: Institution in which some persons are legally owned by other persons, akin to a  piece of property  How can a human being be both a person and a piece of property?  People as property o Bridewealth o Prostitution o Children  Kin­based ownershipLabor based ownership Ownership for wealthOwnership as  necessary (Economic and Social Tool)  Always required rationalization  Racial paradigm Racial Paradigm Smedley defines 6 points  Human groups: exclusive entities  Inegalitarian ethos, ranking of groups  Hierarchy   Link between physical and cultural characteristics o How people acted and how they looked was related  Belief that physical characteristics are inherited  Division of groups ordained by GodFinal  Science and race Science and Race  Science perpetuate racial ideology  Enlightenment: Confrontation of science and theology o Of rational thinking instead of emotional   Not separate form culture  Controlled data collection and manipulation   Slavery in British law Slavery in British Law  UnprecedentedNew ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Exists by the 1620s o Poor food o Physical punishment o Separate housing for servants  “Chatelization” of labor o Treatment of people like animals  Precedes African presence  Susceptibility Susceptibility  Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, many cancers o Not entirely genetic o Diet, physical activity, environmental factors  Causation vs. Correlation o Example — Identity theft and Low altitude Processes:  Changes in early anthropology (from 19  to 20  century)th th The Bureau of Ethnology  Anthropology “professionalized” after the Civil War  Established by congress in 1879 o John Wesley Powell  Consolidation of maps, geographical and ethnographic knowledge  Indian Problem  Move Native Americans out of their lands  They collected data to use it against them  Anthropology and Race th  19  Century o Within other disciplines o Polygenism o Defense of slavery, Jim Crow, Indian removal, forced sterilization, restrictive  immigration th  20  Century o Professionalizes o Emphasizes human diversity ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 o Human and civil rights  Religious freedom  Racial equality  Emergence of the racial ideology Racial Ideology in American  Exclusivity  Ranking according to English cultural standard  Behavior and rank linked to physical difference Attitudes Towards Native Americans  2 Approaches o Benign/positive  They are my kids; I take care of them o Fearsome/brutish  They are cannibals  I’ll be the white­skinned pure­souled Pilgrim and you be the blood thirsty  Indian savage  Difference between trading relationship and settlement o Trade focuspositive o Settlement focuscrafty­out­to­kill people  Religious justification  o Settlement focusyou need to be strong or you’ll be attacked Puritanism  Product of Protestant Reformation  Self­righteous  No commitment to humanistic values o No grey area, only good or bad  Colonization o Stopped the spread of Catholicism o Relieved poverty at home o Gave job, and saved the souls of the poor  Genetic diversity in humans Basic of Genetic Variation ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  DNA o Carries hereditary information o Passed on by replication  Mitochondrial DNA o Does not recombine o Easy to track    Greatest genetic diversity exists in Africa  Genetic change happens through o Mutation o Natural selection o Genetic drift  Chance o Gene flow  Migration  Clinal variation o Geographic continuum o Sickle cell anemia and skin pigmentation   Labor in the British colonies Labor  Indigenous labor utilized first  Replaced by poor/IrishThey had links with Catholicism, they could camouflage  Problem with free men o They wanted to take lands o Bacon’s Rebellion 1676  Demand: Freedom from chattel slavery  They were granted the freedom so they had to be paid to work  Result: Not guaranteed source of labor African Slaves  Benefits to Planters o Cheaper o “Civilized” o Experienced cultivators o Immunities o VulnerableThey had no allies o Identifiable  ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 Which came first?  Race o Negative connotation of blackness o Limited interactions o Early restrictive laws o Higher Prices  Slavery o Irish/Native American precedents o Social integration  Interracial marriage was higher before slavery than after slavery was  abolished o Gradual imposition of slavery The Process  Need for labor  Increasing availability of Africans  Subtle connection to Latin America  Economic interests o Elimination of class warfare 1650­1670 1670­1690 1690­1700 ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Regulation on   Grouping of Native Americans,   Manumission  firearms Africans, Servants difficult/impossible  Property rights  Private manumission prohibited   Curfews & Restrictions on   Life servitude  in Maryland and Virginia Congregating in Public established  Disenfranchisement  Penalties for   Regulations on property  interracial relation ownership, marriage, education,  Restrictions of militia  religion, travel, commercial  participation activity  Free and enslaved Africans  grouped together  Africans grouped with  Skin color becomes a defining   Africans are seen as uniquely  all other servants factor for slavery different  First use of white rather than  “Christian” People:  Boas, Franz Franz Boas  Columbia University 1904  People create distinct/particular cultures, which cannot be ranked  Culture is historically specific and related to worldview  Anthropology becomes a tool to fight racism  Challenged taxonomic approach o How do we know?  Inuit of Baffin Island (1883)  American Museum of Natural History (1890) o Are racial markers static o He measured crania  o No!  Aggasiz, Louis Louis Agassiz ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Changed his ideological learnings o Creationism  God made us in the 6  day but made us inherently different  o Colleagues work o Visceral judgement  Opposed evolutionism  Harvard professor o Huge impact on academia  Blumenbach, Johann Johan Blumenbach  1770s and 1780s   Five categories — Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, American, Malay  Environment created difference o Specifically, degradation  Aesthetic values = scientific knowledge  Monogenesis vs. Polygenesis  Darwin, Charles Darwin Evolution (1859)  Change follows natural laws  Natural selection fundamental  No two individuals alike o Some variations are more advantageous than others which leads to natural  selection  Characteristics passed from parent to offspring  Accumulation of adaptive traits=evolution Possible to have both progress and social disruption   Douglass, Frederick Opponents to racism ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Frederick Douglas o Anthropological perspective o People have various origins; they are naturally different but it is not until you  combine that with our ideas with slavery that it really can be explained as  inequality or hierarchy of beings  Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson and Race  Representative of the inherent opposition of Enlightenment and racial ideology  He wanted money  He was a hypocrite  He hated slavery but had slaves and didn’t help to accelerate the process towards the  abolition of slavery  Slavery benefited this way of life  Moved rationalization from religion to science, from heathens to inherently inferior  Representative of the inherent opposition of Enlightenment and racial ideology  Science can determine the nature of black inferiority Notes on the State of Virginia  Science can determine the nature of black inferiority  It doesn’t matter if it was because blacks were originally inferior or made distinct through time, they are now inferior to whites in body and mind.  Kant, Emmanuel Montesquieu, the Encyclopaedists, & Kant  Baron de Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws (1748) o Cross cultural study of law  The enyclopaedists o Attempt to classify and systematize knowledge  Kant, Critique of Pure Reason (1781) o Knowledge is both objective and subjective o Rational vs. Emotional knowledge (two sides of the same coin) o Measurable and observational ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 Legitimate to study the life of everyday people, possible to produce scientific knowledge about  society   Lamarck, Jean­Baptiste Lamarck’s Evolution (1801)  Environmental pressure  Inheritance of acquired characteristics   Giraffe’s example  Morton, Samuel Samuel Morton  Studies of human crania   Brain size correlated with intelligence  Each race suited to particular environment  Samuel Morton – Study of Crania  Nott, Josiah Josiah Nott  Degeneracy of Negroes  Types of Mankind (1854) o Blacks need care and owning o They could not survive without the slave order  Powell, John Wesley The Bureau of Ethnology  Anthropology “professionalized” after the Civil War  Established by congress in 1879 ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 o John Wesley Powell  Consolidation of maps, geographical and ethnographic knowledge  Indian Problem  Move Native Americans out of their lands  They collected data to use it against them   Spencer, Herbert Herbert Spencer  Evolution as: o Fundamental process o Progressive (opposite to Darwin’s idea) o Struggle for survival o It is a competition o Progress is only accomplished if the “fittest” dominates the weak  Progress is achieved through inequality  Social Darwinism  Progress achieved through inequality  Vico, Giambattista La Scienza Nuova (1725)  Giabattista Vico  Universal scheme of human development o Bestial Condition (no morality, no art) o Age of Gods (nature worship, basic social structure) o Age of Heroes (great social inequality, social unrest) o Age of Man (equality with corruption)  Cyclical9 Case Studies:  9/11 and birth weight 9/11 and Birth Weight  Birth outcomes before and after 9/11 ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  California  34% increase in likelihood of low birth weight among women with Arabic names  50% increase with stronger ethnic affiliationGiving the babies Arabic names  Lingering effects of racism o Diabetes o Heart failure  Alcoholism on reservations Alcoholism on Reservations  Mixed research results o Variants protecting against dependence o Link between alcoholism and other dependencies  Social conditions are more significant  Blood type Ancestry and Blood Type  Despite the persistence of racial categories, human diversity is incredibly varied  Blood types o A&B diverged 20 mya o O arose in Africa before diaspora  O most common worldwide, AB least common  Bureau of Ethnology The Bureau of Ethnology  Anthropology “professionalized” after the Civil War  Established by congress in 1879 o John Wesley Powell  Consolidation of maps, geographical and ethnographic knowledge  Indian Problem  Move Native Americans out of their lands  They collected data to use it against them   Dred Scott Dred Scott Decision (1857) ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  7­2 opposed  He was financed by abolitionists  Majority o Never citizens; never have been, never will be o Always seen as inferior o Impassible barrier: no way to change these facts  Dissent o Black voters o Slavery unprotected o Slaves as humans   Residential segregation and health Effects of Racism on the body  Interpersonal and institutionalized racism has health effects o Constrains opportunities for success o Creates pathogenic social contexts  Residential segregation  Chicago study on hypertension   Sickle Cell Anemia (geography, consequences) Sickle Cell Trait  AA, SS, AS   Heterozygous carriers have “Sickle cell trait” o 1 in 13 African Americans o 1 in 10,000 Caucasians  Under stress can cause cell deformation Racism and Sickle Cell  First identified in 1910 — Afro­Caribbean student in the U.S.  Assumptions:  o Only people of African descent had the disease o Higher prevalence among African­Americans than Africans  Tool for anti­miscegenation laws, segregation (1950s) o Mixture of African Americans with Euro Americans was the problem  Sickle Cell and the Civil Rights Movement ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16  Dr. Robert Scott (Howard) o Just as many cases of SCA, way less funding o 1972 — National Sickle Cell Anemia Control Act o 1980s — rising awareness o 2003 — Sickle Cell Treatment Act o 2006 — sickle­cell testing becomes standard  Sickle Cell Trait & Athletes  Athletes families sued NCAA  2010 NCAA changes its requirements o Get tested, prove previous testing, or release liability  Potential for racist practices  Scientific community emphasized universal safety practices  Recent Developments  Stanford University study o 4800 active­duty soldiers o August 2016 o Increased risk of injury form overexertion but not death Susceptibility  Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, many cancers o Not entirely genetic o Diet, physical activity, environmental factors  Causation vs. Correlation o Example — Identity theft and Low altitude  Skin Pigmentation (including Vitamin D Hypothesis) Skin Pigmentation  Natural selection  Polygenic inheritance  Melanin  High pigmentation is the ancestral state  Occurred after diaspora ANG 3451 Race and Racism Review  ­  Mid­term #1 9/17/16 Variation in Skin Pigmentation  Directional selection o Outside of Africa – reduction of pigmentation  Dramatic change – “selective sweep” o Within Africa – purifying selection  Resulted in low diversity  Vitamin D Hypothesis  Sun exposure and reproductive health o Folate o Vitamin D  Health trade­off o Low folateHigh vitamin D (UV radiation)


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