Essay The Human Race

1415 Words May 15th, 2016 6 Pages
The history of the human race is an ongoing tale of oppression and prejudice. Mistreatment of disadvantaged social groups is not a modern occurrence. Racism, ableism, and homophobia can be found in many cultures, with many specific incidents scattered across several centuries. Three examples of the persecution of a marginalized group of people include the hunting of the Romani people in Medieval Europe, the widespread Nazi euthanasia campaign that targeted people with physical and mental disabilities, and the discrimination faced by homosexuals in Uganda. All three of these examples are not widely taught in standard curriculums, yet the pain and suffering faced by the individuals in these groups still resonate into modern times as these groups are still treated as inferior. It is human nature to commit wrongdoings, but these examples serve as a reminder that injustices often are a manifestation of privilege and underlying prejudice in our society. The Nazi persecution of Jews is common knowledge, but the lesser known Nazi Euthanasia program and the general mistreatment of the handicapped accounted for large death tolls in Germany. The term “euthanasia”, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering” (“Euthanasia”). This is very misleading, as the Nazis used this term in a very diluted sense, applying this label to a campaign that mercilessly hunted and killed those…

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