Medallic History of Religious and Racial Intolerance: Medals as Instruments fro Promoting Bigotry
Weiss, Benjamin (2008)
Prejudices of all types represent a profound failure and blight on our society. These prejudices manifest themselves in individuals and nations having policies which, overtly or covertly, subtly or blatantly, discriminate on the basis of religion, race, nationality, gender, age or sexual orientation---religious and racial prejudices being among the most commonly encountered. This article traces the repercussions of religious and racial intolerance through the eyes of historical and commemorative medals. A group of medals has been selected that serve to illustrate, through imagery and wonderful art, that medals not only have provided a window through which to view historical events surrounding bigotry but also have been issued to actually promote religious and racial hatred.