Did White People Invent the Idea of Race?
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, July 2, 2021
No. Jared Taylor demolishes this stupid and dangerous fable.
Many of the things we are supposed to think about race are so obviously wrong you wonder if anyone believes them.
One is the idea that race has nothing to do with biology and is just a social construct. And we’re supposed to think Europeans are the only people who ever came up with the idea of race.
In her huge best-seller, The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander explains, “The concept of race is a relatively recent development. Only in the past few centuries, owing largely to European imperialism, have the world’s people been classified along racial lines.
Race “grew out of an elaborate and supposedly “scientific” European conception of the human species that began during the Enlightenment. And then you know what happened next? “Europeans and their colonial ‘descendants’ in the United States engineered the most complete and enduring dehumanization of a people in history.”
Courtland Milloy in the Washington Post explains “How American Oligarchs Created the Concept of Race to Divide and Conquer the Poor.” Not European scientists.
He adds: “Racism is still being used to keep poor and working-class blacks and whites fighting over crumbs, while the top 1 percent takes the cake.” If it weren’t for racism, I guess we’d have the dictatorship of the proletariat.
So, what about people who actually know something?
This is a 2004 book called The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity, by Benjamin Isaac. Classical antiquity came just a little bit before American oligarchs. On page 148 of this book, Professor Isaac summarizes the ideas of the Greeks and Romans.
“There is a long-standing tradition in Greek and Latin literature of idealizing the concepts of unmixed origin, pure lineage, and autochthony.” Autochthony means being the original people in a place. “This entails explicit statements that intermarriage between peoples produces descendants of inferior quality – physical, mental, and moral – while consistent marriage between men and women belonging to the same people will result in superior beings.” “The quality of an entire people is determined by lineage and origin only, and will be stable if protected against outside contamination.” “Autochthony – being a native – assumes a physical relationship between man and land which, by definition, turns an immigrant or descendant of immigrants into an inferior being.”
No, this isn’t a summary of Mein Kampf. It’s what the Greeks and Romans thought. Prof. Isaac says Aristotle taught that there was such a huge difference between Greeks and their enemies to the East that the latter should be conquered and “treated like plants and animals.”
The Egyptian Book of Gates dates from the New Kingdom, or from the 16th to 11th centuries BC. It’s about the “gates” the soul passes through after death. Three thousand five hundred years ago, Egyptians recognized what they called the four races of man: Libyan, Nubian, Asiatic, and Egyptian. Here is another depiction of the different races.
The Egyptians enslaved blacks. Here is a Nubian with ropes around his neck. Here is another Nubian, from about 1300 B.C. The original is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Here is an Egyptian Pharaoh crushing his foes as dogs attack them. They are clearly black, and are different from the pharaoh.
Arabs were keenly aware of race. This book, Race and Slavery in the Middle East, tells you all about it. In the 9th century, Al-Jahiz of Basra wrote a book about animals. He also wrote about black Africans, whom he called Zanj. “We know that the Zanj are the least intelligent and the least discerning of mankind and least capable of understanding the consequences of actions.”
Arabs didn’t like whites either. Abu Firas al-Hamadani was an Iraqi Arab, writing in the 10th century. Here he is on a Syrian postage stamp. He complained that what he called “the infants dropped from the wombs of Slavs,” were “blanched, and leprous colored.” But Africans were worse: They were “overdone in the womb until they are burned, so that the child comes out something between black, murky, malodorous, stinking, and crinkly-haired, with uneven limbs, deficient minds, and depraved passions.”
Ibn Butlan, shown here on the left, lived in Baghdad in the 11th century and wrote of Zanj women: “Dancing and rhythm are instinctive and ingrained in them . . . . but there is no pleasure to be got from them, because the smell of their armpits and the coarseness of their bodies.”
Ibn Khaldun lived in the 14th century and was one of the great philosophers of the Middle Ages. He wrote: “The Negro nations are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because Negroes have little that is essentially human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals.”
Muslims also took whites as slaves, but there was a distinction. They were called mamluk, which means “owned.” Only black slaves were called “’abd,” and the word became so associated with blacks that in many Arabic dialects, “’abd” means both black and slave. The popular first name Abdullah means “slave of God.”
He wrote that a white slave girl cost six to 20 times as much as a black slave girl.
That’s a high price to pay for a social construct invented by Europeans.
People discover race wherever they go. Arab traders brought black slaves to China during the Tang Dynasty, which was from 690 to 907. They were considered hopelessly stupid. One Chinese wrote this of black slaves: “After having been kept a long time they begin to understand the language of human beings, though they themselves cannot speak it.”
The Japanese shut their country up for 200 years until 1853. They were astonished at the sight of Europeans. Here is an 1861 print. Note the crowd of Japanese goggling at these strange creatures.
These whites would have looked as exotic to the Japanese as a baboons or zebras. Note how differently the facial features of Japanese and Europeans are drawn.
The Japanese had a series of insulting names for Europeans: Long-nosed barbarians, blue-eyed barbarians, and “stinking of butter,” because they thought their strange diet made them smell bad. There was a huge market for prints like this because most Japanese never got a good look at a European or close enough to sniff one.
Believe me. I have just skimmed the surface. Everyone in the world notices race. Lefties would have you believe that throughout history, when an Asian met an African, he said to himself, “Gee, he looks and acts and thinks just like me.”
Muslims have practiced slavery for about as long as there have been Muslims – about 1,500 years. They traded blacks for at least 1,000 years, and took countless slaves from Slavic lands as early as the 9th century.
From 1530 to 1780, Arab pirates caught at least a million Europeans around the Mediterranean and as far away as England and Iceland. Slaves were so plentiful, masters just worked them to death and bought more. White galley slaves, chained to their oars, might never leave the ship and were tossed overboard at the first sign of weakness.
But then, along came white people, invented the false idea of race and, to quote Time magazine, we “engineered the most complete and enduring dehumanization of a people in history.”
Do they believe this stuff, or do they deliberately lie to us? In either case, it’s pure baloney. I hope they choke on it.