Can someone tell me exacly what this quote means? "Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reasons."I'm doing a big paper on racism and so many different...

Can someone tell me exacly what this quote means? "Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reasons."

I'm doing a big paper on racism and so many different quotes and their meanings - could you help me please

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I assume that you understand the part about it being the gravest danger to man and are asking about the rest of it.

The rest of this quote is saying that racism is very stupid because there is no reason for it to exist.  That is what the "minimum of reasons" part means.  The speaker is saying that race is an illusory difference (scientists say there is more genetic variation within races than between them, so race is pretty much of a socially constructed idea).  At the same time, however, people hate each other to the greatest possible degree on the basis of race (maximum of hatred).

Now, I'm not sure I can agree that people hate more based on race than on anything else, but this is the meaning of the quote.

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