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July 11, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(2):112-113. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730020040020

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Racial Prejudice and Civilization: Sir Arthur Keith's View  In his rectorial address to the students of Aberdeen University, Sir Arthur Keith discussed "The Place of Prejudice in Modern Civilization." He was convinced that, for the future welfare of mankind, their inborn likes and dislikes, their prejudices, must be given an assigned place. The proposal to weld the divers peoples of the world into a single tribe was one of the most glorious ideals that ever seized the imagination of man. Could this dream of an untribal world, free from war, be realized? The price to be paid for it was the racial birthright bestowed by nature. For such an ideal world, peoples of all countries and continents must pool not only their national interests but also their bloods. Black, brown, yellow and white must give and take in marriage and distribute in a common progeny the inheritance which each had

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