racism, what does it mean?
racism, also called racialism , any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview—the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some races are innately superior to others.
Aryan (in Aryan (people)) In Europe the notion of white racial superiority emerged in the 1850s, propagated most assiduously by the comte de Gobineau and later by his disciple Houston Stewart Chamberlain, who first used the term “Aryan” for the white race. Members of this so-called race spoke Indo-European languages, were credited with all the progress that benefited humanity, and were purported to be…
Superiority of the Aryans Vol I, chapter 16, the final chapter of that volume, carries the long superscript “Récapitulation; caractères respectifs des trois grandes races; effects sociaux des mélanges; supérorité du type blanc et, dans ce type, de la famille ariane”, or, in English, “Recapitulation; respective characters of the three great races; social effects of [racial] mixtures; superiority of the white type and, within that type, of the Aryan family”. Gobineau claims that there have been no more than ten great civilizations, and that they have all been started by the white race. These civilizations are: The Indian civilization – built around a branch of the Aryans. The Egyptian civilization – founded by an Aryan colony from India. The Assyrians – to which are attached other civilizations such as the Jewish and the Phoenician. According to Gobineau, these are Hamites and Semites. Gobineau places the Iranian civilizations here, but claims that they are Aryans. The Greeks – originally Aryans, but with Semitic elements. The Chinese civilization – like the Egyptian founded by an Aryan colony from India. The old civilization of the Italian Peninsula – became a mosaic of Celts, Iberians, Aryans, and Semites. The Germanic races transformed in the 5th century the western spirit – they were Aryans. The Alleghanian civilizations in America. The Mexican civilizations in America. The Peruvian civilization in America. In Vol VI, chapter 7, “Les indigènes américans” (“The native Americans”), Gobineau discusses the racial status of the native Americans and ends up suggesting that at least the royal families of the three American civilization groups mentioned above (8.-10.) were white, even Aryans of Scandinavian origin.
Comment: When I went to Christchurch rudolf steiner for the first time, I remember commenting to my wife, that the atmosphere was really strange in the school. One of my observations was, that it felt segregated. There were very few people of colour. Everything was german/eurocentric/and there was a veil of secrecy and superiority. That was on my very first visit. I knew nothing, but felt everything.