Colonization as the Origin of Western Discrimination



Modern-day discrimination, acted out by victim groups in America, is an extension of Europe’s historical colonial era. The act of European colonization is defined as the peopling of foreign territory—usually Third World—previously settled by a native population, with emigration from the mother country [1]. Since the existence of the Western Roman Empire, European colonial powers including Spain, England, and Portugal have dealt with their Third World subjects (people of color) in one of three ways: eradication, exclusion, or assimilation [1]. Ironically, it is the assimilation experience of people of color and other victim populations that has psychologically inspired their tendency to discrimination in the aftermath of colonization.


Skin Color Dark Skin Assimilation Experience Victim Group Race Discrimination 
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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