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Racism in the Elizabethan Era

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Kayleigh Harnden

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Racism in the Elizabethan Era
Relation To Othello
Othello is mistreated due to the colour of his skin. Even though Othello is a very important member of the military, he is still seen as somebody of lower class by many people.
References
http://englishliterature.tripod.com/id6.html
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090111125020AAwqa0k

When Was The Elizabethan Era?
The Elizabethan Era started in 1485, with the end of the wars of the roses. It ended in 1603, and is considered to be the Golden Age.
How Were Other Races Treated?
In the Elizabethan era, other races were usually ignored. At first, black people were seen as "exotic creatures," and were brought to England as people without rights.
Racism Then
Racism then was more common and brutal. It was common to single out North and West Africans out for the way that they dressed, behaved and their customs in Elizabethan England and to refer to them as "devils," or "villains."
Racism Today
Racism today is still happening everyday. Although racism is not as common, it is just as brutal. People are attacked, judged, and neglected due to their skin colour/race. Stereotypes and racial slurs are more common due to people being desensitized.
Black people slowly gained some right and were known as "Moors" but tension still revealed between the different races due to belief of superiority by the English.
What is Racism?
Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races
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