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Global Racism

Global Racism


The Yellow Virtues

Racism exists over large parts of the earth. But it is not a homogeneous phenomenon. In order to understand Chinese racism one has to study indigenous traditions.

Inverse apartheid

When the apartheid regime fell in South Africa many people thought that racial discrimination would be a thing of the past. But even today many consider that mixed marriages are unthinkable. And at many places white people are excluded, just as coloureds and Indians, from jobs for which they are qualified.

Islam and the Jews

Anti-Jewish propaganda in the Arab world has similarities with the persecutions in 1930s Germany. Politicians and intellectuals in the Western world keep silent about this. They do not want to be accused of Islamophobia.

Economies of colour

In Haiti a foreigner is often addressed as "blan!" The stranger is identified in the easiest way; there is nothing more to it than that. (He does not even need to be white.) Haitians themselves often call each other nèg, which sounds strange to anyone unused to it.

Skin, hair and race

Curly black hair and how to transform it is a multi-million dollar industry in Brazil, the world's most contradictory ethnic landscape and one of the most difficult to interpret. There is a great deal more here than fashion and vanity. It is obviously a strategy of life, cultural history and applied sociology all in one. But how did race relations in the USA and Brazil take on such radically different forms?