The Illusion of Race


The whole ‘issue’ of race is disturbing, for it is a false concept used to oppress and engender hate. Shylock’s speech is instructive; he is talking about being a Jew (which is not a race either) but could be talking about any oppressed people:

 “I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal’d by the same means, warm’d and cool’d by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.”           The Merchant Of Venice Act 3, scene 1, 58–68

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