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"With the way the Empire treats non-Humans, it's a wonder you're not operating a garbage scow somewhere."
Tyber Zann, to Grand Admiral Thrawn

Speciesism, also known as Xenophobia, was a belief that one species was inherently superior to another or all species.



Thrawn: "Your xenocentric chauvinism is no concern of mine. I care about performance and results, and your record is exemplary. I do not care about your petty bigotry. Understood?"
Commander: "Understood, Captain."
Thrawn: "Oh, and Commander, if I ever find out that your bigotry is affecting your performance, I'll have your carcass ejected with the next garbage load."
Captain Thrawn and the Vengeance Commander — (audio)Listen (file info)

It was found in cultures across the galaxy, and for various reasons, ranging from religion and race to simply an overinflated sense of superiority. It could range from single individuals to the entire species. Some races, like the Gran and the Givin, were mildly speciesist, and still able to work with other races.

Others, like the Hutts and the Chiss, considered themselves inherently superior, but still managed to work alongside other races on occasion. Still others, like the Ssi-Ruuk, the Yevetha, and the Yuuzhan Vong, considered all other races an abomination. An especially prevalent type of speciesism was Humanocentrism. Some believed Zabraks to be speciesist due to their extreme amount of determination and willpower, although this was not true. A notable Human speciesist was Count Dooku, who considered all non-pure Human lifeforms to be disgusting and inferior. In response to such sentiments, aliens sometimes formed anti-Human sentiments. At its height the Galactic Empire was notable for its many speciesist policies and attitudes to certain worlds with non-human populations that could very easily be construed as speciesist. For example on the Planet Eriadu (the home world of the Tarkin family) the Empire legitimized the enslavement of Non-humans. By the time of the reign of Emperor Roan Fel, however, such policies had apparently ended, as evidenced by the presence of non-human stormtroopers and at least one alien admiral in the Imperial Navy. This was perhaps in response to a manpower shortage in the years after the Battle of Endor, as the realities of fighting a losing war led to the opening of the ranks to any sentient being willing to fight for the Empire.

Behind the scenes

In the English language, speciesism is a word describing negative or prejudiced human attitudes towards other species, especially nonhuman animals. It was coined by Richard D. Ryder. However, the attitude of speciesism that Palpatine possessed seems much more closely linked to Racism, which is the belief that people of one ethnic origin are inherently superior to people of every other ethnic origin.


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