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What type of racial ideas emerged during the 19th century?

Ideas which tried to prove that some people were superior to others, both physically and mentally, as a result of their race.


People who believed these ideas thought that some races had ____ to a higher stage than others. These ideas were influenced by the natural sciences about ____.



Did governments care if these ideas were based on scientific facts?

No, as governments used them to make policies and laws in the 19th and 20th centuries.


What is scientific racism?

Scientific racism, sometimes referred to as race biology, is a pseudoscientific belief that empirical evidence exists to support or justify racism, racial inferiority, or racial superiority.


What did scientific racism lead?

Led to prejudice, discrimination and-in extreme cases- genocide against people who were thought to be racially inferior.


What is a genocide?

A deliberate attempt to kill specific national, ethnic, racial or religious groups or people.


Scientific racism also led to eugenics. What is eugenics?

The encouragement of breeding amongst people beloved to be superior, and attempts to 'breed out' racial characteristics that were thought to be inferior.