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  1. What does the discussion about what is ontological in the article have to do with the topic of racism?

Thediscussion of the article helps us understand that most of the thingsthat people believe about racism are just assumptions. The actualorigin of racism is very different from what we think or have grownup knowing or hearing.

  1. How and why did the unity of the black and white settlers in Virginia colony during Bacon’s Rebellion lead to the creation of race segregation

Theunity of the white and black settlers led the British colonialistrulers to pass laws that separated the whites and blacks. The poorwhites saw themselves more superior than the blacks were. The reasonfor the creation was that the ruling class feared that the poor whiteand black people would unite and fight them.

  1. How might race segregation lead to racism? What does this tell us about the nature of racism( i.e. is it a “natural” human response, or is it social construct)?

Raceseparation would lead to racism because a particular race would thinkor believe that it is better than the other race is. It was a socialconstruct because it is not real but just assumptions on what peoplehave chosen to believe and accept concerning their race and that ofothers around them.

  1. Whose interest does the perpetuation of racism serve?

Racismserves the dominant class interest together with those in leadershippositions. Also, the false beliefs of the working classconsciousness.

  1. How does learning about Bacon’s Rebellion affect your own ideas about race and racism? Does it call into question any of your own ideas about race and racism? Does it call into question any of your own underlying (ontological ) assumptions about race?

Ithas helped remove the concept that the reason for the existence ofracism was due to the different color skin that people have. However,in the actual sense racism was brought about by the fear of theruling class that the poor whites and blacks would unite againstthem. Yes, it questions my beliefs concerning why racism exists.

  1. Explain how Dr. King’s remarks quoted at the beginning of the article address the practical effects of race segregation.

Raceseparation has affected the way the society view each other. Thewhites believe they are superior to the blacks. It has also broughtabout division and discrimination in institutions, public places, onthe street and even in the transport sector whereby the blacks areseen as inferior and had fewer privileges compared to the whites.Also, they were discriminated in their workplaces.

  1. How can the study of history help us to address the issue of race division in contemporary American society? In what ways can study of history be counterproductive to understanding the present?

Historystudy can assist in understanding the truth of what brought aboutracism and remove the beliefs they have concerning the issue. Whenpeople know the truth, they will be able to forgive each other andget healing after that move on with our lives. When people know thetruth about the formation of racism, it will bring unity among thepeople and end discrimination that has been there based on race. They will accept that the color of an individual does not distinguishwho they are in the society. The blacks and white would becomfortable with each other in the different institutions and publicplaces.