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A Marxist sociologist has argued that racism stems from the

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A Marxist sociologist has argued that racism stems from the class struggle that is unique to the capitalist system—that racial prejudice is generated by capitalists as a means of controlling workers. His thesis works relatively well when applied to discrimination against Blacks in the United States, but his definition of racial prejudice as "racially-based negative prejudgments against a group generally accepted as a race in any given region of ethnic competition," can be interpreted as also including hostility toward such ethnic groups as the Chinese in California and the Jews in medieval Europe. However, since prejudice against these latter peoples was not inspired by capitalists, he has to reason that such antagonisms were not really based on race. He disposes thusly (albeit unconvincingly) of both the intolerance faced by Jews before the rise of capitalism and the early twentieth-century discrimination against Oriental people in California, which, inconveniently, was instigated by workers.



2. The author considers the Marxist sociologist's thesis about the origins of racial prejudice to be

A.unoriginal
B.unpersuasive
C.offensive
D.obscure
E.speculative





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the early twentieth-century discrimination against Oriental people in California, which, inconveniently, was instigated by workers.


So The answer has to be. Offensive. Why ? it the OA says its- Unpersuasive ?
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adiraju wrote:
the early twentieth-century discrimination against Oriental people in California, which, inconveniently, was instigated by workers.


So The answer has to be. Offensive. Why ? it the OA says its- Unpersuasive ?



The answer cannot be offensive because GMAT does not support strong words.
Additionaly if you have a look at the below stmnt
He disposes thusly (albeit unconvincingly)
It tells you that ans is Unpersuasive
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shrutisingh wrote:
adiraju wrote:
the early twentieth-century discrimination against Oriental people in California, which, inconveniently, was instigated by workers.


So The answer has to be. Offensive. Why ? it the OA says its- Unpersuasive ?



The answer cannot be offensive because GMAT does not support strong words.
Additionaly if you have a look at the below stmnt
He disposes thusly (albeit unconvincingly)
It tells you that ans is Unpersuasive


why not speculative?

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The answer is clearly (B) unpersuasive.

The author defines the sociologist's argument as stemming from capitalism. however, he then argues that "since prejudice against these latter peoples was not inspired by capitalists, he has to reason that such antagonisms were not really based on race." Hence he points out a flaw in the argument.

He then claims the author "disposes thusly (albeit unconvincingly) of both the intolerance faced by Jews before the rise of capitalism and the early twentieth-century discrimination against Oriental people in California, which, inconveniently, was instigated by workers."

Thus, the author is clearly skeptical of the argument, and the reason is that the argument is unpersuasive.
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sudeep wrote:
shrutisingh wrote:
adiraju wrote:
the early twentieth-century discrimination against Oriental people in California, which, inconveniently, was instigated by workers.


So The answer has to be. Offensive. Why ? it the OA says its- Unpersuasive ?



The answer cannot be offensive because GMAT does not support strong words.
Additionaly if you have a look at the below stmnt
He disposes thusly (albeit unconvincingly)
It tells you that ans is Unpersuasive


why not speculative?

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i think the answer is unpersuasive and it is not because of (albeit unconvincingly) but is because of the entire paragraph..
it says that the racial prejudice is due to capitalists but in the next line tells us that is not true for all the groups and then the examples follow.
nice passage..
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New post 21 Jul 2009, 19:10
I concur, B.

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