Lately the world has been really toxic. You log in to Twitter and feel physically sick as to the state of affairs. Racism has always been a part of the world ever since the European age of white imperialism in the 19th Century. However, after the tragic death of George Floyd in the USA, it has brought back this topic to the forefront seeing it have more than 50 hashtags being formed to attack it on Twitter. One question a lot of people ask is, “If we are all human, then why are some people racist?”
Let’s first define racism. According to The Cambridge Dictionary of English, it is the belief that people’s qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as the members of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races. The main groups that are particularly affected by racism and discrimination; people of African descent, Muslims, Jews and Migrants.
The types of racism and discrimination are; Afrophobia, Islamophobia, Xenophobia, anti-gypsyism and antisemitism.
I personally think racism is a belief passed on along generations. When one’s family members or friends express racist opinions, it’s common that one shall take up such views themselves.
The other reasons people take up racist ideologies include;
Holding past grievances against a particular race.
Encouraging stereotypes attached to different races.
Thinking other races don’t act “as well” as your race does.
There is no excuse for this vice. The topic has always been a sensitive subject for different people. Some would rather not speak about it, others are very vocal about it and others simply don’t care.
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