1. LazyBear

    LazyBear Senior Member

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    How did discrimination become normalized?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by LazyBear, Oct 26, 2019.

    With a risk of attracting long biased rants, I feel that it's important to analyze and learn to prevent.
     
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    I feel it is biologically wired into us. It's not so much a question of how discrimination is the norm, but rather how long it will take us to evolve past it.
     
  3. Naomasa298

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    Discrimination has always been the norm. In patriarchal societies, women were relegated to the roles of mothers and home makers, although the definition of that is somewhat different to ours. In pre-modern societies, women had to work in the fields alongside men, but there were roles largely reserved for men - soldiers, kandowners and so on.

    As to racial discrimination, that's a bit more difficult. Pogroms against Jews were not uncommon, but most people in medieval times rarely travelled far from their village and would almost never encounter people different to themselves.

    Cities like Rome and Constantinople were melting pots where many foreigners met, but there were occasional massacres of particular racial groups.

    Religious discrimination probably found its roots in various splits in the Christian church - Catholic/Orthodoc and Catholic/Protestant, as well as the Christian/Muslim conflcits dating from around the 9th century.

    In Japan, Christians were expelled at the start of the 17th century, and those who remained behind were forced to convert. Christianity was introduced in the middle of the 16th century by the Jesuits and Francis Xavier. There have also been tensions between the indigenous Shinto religion and the foreign Buddhist religion.
     
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