Othello – Race

Even now, now, very now, an old black ramIs tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise!Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you.Arise, I say! -Iago Act 1, scene 1, lines 97-101
Brabantio “lov’d me; oft invited me” (I.iii.128) Brabantio was not racist and did not discriminate against Othello until Iago’s interference made him feel it was in his best political interests to do so.
“If virtue no delighted beauty lack/Your son-in-law is far more fair than black” (I.iii.288-89) The Duke tells Brabantio that he should not put importance on Othello’s skin color, but on his virtuous deeds and nature instead.
“My parts, my title and my perfect soul/Shall manifest me rightly” (I.ii.31-32) He does not believe that discrimination can determine his guilt.
“Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw/The smallest fear or doubt of her revolt/For she had eyes, and chose me” (III.iii.187-89). The notion of universal equality works against Iago’s claims that Desdemona is cheating on Othello because of his skin color, but only at first.
“And yet, how nature erring from itself—” (III.iii.228) Perhaps deep down, Othello believes that it is Desdemona’s inherent nature to favor men of her own race, and this leads to jealousy.
Haply, for I am blackAnd have not those soft parts of conversationThat chamberers have, or for I am declin’dInto the vale of years (yet that’s not much)She’s gone. I am abus’d: and my reliefMust be to loathe her (III.iii.264-69) Othello justifies her (alledged) actions by assuming that his own race-related weaknesses motivated her to have an affair with another man. This quote shows a change in Othello—He believes he’s been cheated on because of his race.
“blacker devil!” (IV.ii.132) Emilia calls him a “blacker devil!” (IV.ii.132) in the context of murder, drawing correlation between his race and actions.
“was too fond of her most filthy bargain” (IV.iii.157) Emilia states that Desdemona was true and “was too fond of her most filthy bargain” (IV.iii.157), condemning Othello and Desdemona’s relationship after Desdemona’s death.
“I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughterand the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.” – Iago Act 1 Scene 1 119