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Dayton Holocaust Resource Center

Find resource listings that can guide your classroom activities. This collection includes videos, articles, and teacher resources for K-16 classrooms.

What is Racism?

Racists are people who believe that innate, inherited characteristics biologically determine human behavior.

The doctrine of racism asserts that blood determines national-ethnic identity. Within a racist framework, the value of a human being is not determined by his or her individuality, but instead by membership in a so-called "racial collective nation."

Racism, including racial antisemitism (prejudice against or hatred of Jews based on false biological theories), was always an integral part of German National Socialism (Nazism).

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (2020, May 1). Nazi Racism: An Overview.

Uncle Sam welcoming Nazi refugees to enter USA to face racism

American Cartoon Responding to Racism and the Refugee Crisis

Cartoon depicting the United States' response to the refugee crisis in Europe, as well as the racism and discrimination African Americans faced at home. The Pittsburgh Courier, April 16, 1938. Page 10.

Domestic concerns in the United States, including unemployment and national security, combined with prevalent antisemitism and racism, shaped America's immigration policies, responses to Nazism, and willingness to aid European Jews. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Discussion Question

Despite overwhelming scientific data to the contrary, many people still believe in the superiority of certain races. Why might individuals hold onto a belief that has been discredited?

Further Research

Other resources may be found in the Wright State University Libraries' Catalog and databases.

Choose "View Entire Collection" or "Dunbar Library - Books" from the drop-down box near the Search button.

Discussion Question

How can racism keep a party or political group in power?