Hegel, on race, is weird:

A mild and passionless disposition, want of spirit, and a crouching submissiveness towards a Creole, and still more towards a European, are the chief characteristics of the native Americans; and it will be long before the Europeans succeed in producing any independence of feeling in them. The inferiority of these individuals in all respects, even in regard to size, is very manifest.

Nothing too surprising here, although he gives the juicy detail that the Jesuits had to ring a bell at midnight to “remind them even of their matrimonial duties.” Once black slaves enter the picture, though, gets more complicated:

The weakness of the American physique was a chief reason for bringing the negroes to America, to employ their labor in the work that had to be done in the New World; for the negroes are far more susceptible of European culture than the Indians, and an English traveller has adduced instances of negroes having become competent clergymen, medical men, etc. (a negro first discovered the use of Peruvian bark), while only a single native was known to him whose intellect was sufficiently developed to enable him to study, but who had died soon after beginning, through excessive brandy-drinking.

“Negroes” were the first model minorities, then? I really ought to have another look at Susan Buck-Morss’ “Hegel and Haiti” (in Critical Inquiry a few years ago).

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