Allan Kardec’s Views on Race Revisited. Part 6

With belief in reincarnation, the prejudices of races and castes fall dead, since the same spirit can be reborn rich or poor, lord or beggar, master or subordinate, free or enslaved, man or woman. Of all the arguments brought against the injustice of servitude and slavery, against the subjection of the weaker to the rule of the stronger, there is no one of them which expresses so logically the reason therefore as the law of reincarnation. If, then, reincarnation is founded upon a law of nature which is the source of universal brotherhood, it is based upon the same law as that of the equality of social rights and of freedom.

5 – References

[1] KARDEC, Allan, Genesis -The Miracles and Predictions According to Spiritism, Spiritist Alliance for Books, 2003, pg 122

[2] Ibid, pg 19.

[3] Ibid, pg 23-24.

[4] KARDEC, Allan, Phrénologie spiritualiste et spirite. Perfectibilité de la race nègre, or “Spiritualist and spiritist phrenology. Perfectibility of the black race”, Revue Spirite, April 1862, (original text in French) (Portuguese translation)

[5] TUCKER, William H., The Science and Politics of Racial Research, University of Illinois Press, 1994, pg 9.

[6] Ibid, pg 17-18.

[7] Ibid, pg 5.

[8] FREDRICKSON, George M., Racism – A short history, Princeton University Press, 2002, pg 57.

[9] Ibid, pg 58.

[10] Ibid, pg 59.

[11] Ibid, pg 67.

[12] Ibid, pg 60.

[13] CHASE, Allan, The Legacy of Malthus – The Social Costs of the New Scientific Racism, University of Illinois Press, 1980, pg 90-92.

[14] KARDEC, Allan, The Spirit’s Book, Allan Kardec Educational Society, 1996, Chapter IX, pg 89-90

[15] The ethics of characterizing difference: guiding principles on using racial categories in human genetics,