Racism made the powerful nations who they are


Racism
– an uncomfortable topic to discuss, yet I chose this topic as it is one that
is proving to be of huge concern for us as well as our future generations. Racism
is a highly sensitive and imperative topic in today’s age for humanity. As a
society, conversations about race and racism have increased in volume and
intensity. The young people want to be part of the conversation as these
provide opportunities for timely learning.

When
we say ‘all humans are born equal’, it means that all we all have the same
rights and the same opportunities in life, equal right to access facilities
such as education and healthcare.

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Let’s
now define racism. Racism is the belief that a particular race is inferior or
superior to another; that a person’s moral skills are predetermined by the race
he’s born into. It implies that one person is hated by another because of his
qualities, skin color, his religion, his place of birth, etc. Racism has
managed to influence wars, slavery and formation of nations, amongst many
others incidents.

It
is crucial to understand how racism actually came about. It has been affecting
lives for many thousand years through human history. Since long, the so called “outcasts”
have been abused. This has made the powerful nations who they are and that made
the third world countries what they are. History has proven again and again
that marginalizing and insulting a particular race leads to destruction and
tensions among nations and blocks the progress of the human race as a whole.

The abuse of the African-Americans in the United States has been going on since
1619, when African slaves were brought in to produce tobacco1.  Nowadays we come across articles and stories
of people criticizing a certain race or religion, which is then related to
their behavior. For example, in the United States there have been multiple
cases of police officers arresting individuals because of their physical appearance
or the religion they follow. We all end up distancing ourselves from people who
may look different or have different beliefs in comparison to us resulting in
people from one race treating people from another race unequally and isolate
them for no reason at all. If racism continues to progress like this, it will
not only ruin lives but also result in political and economic issues in countries.

 

GLOBAL
PERSPECTIVE

The
world woke up to the Charlottesville incident just recently. Torch bearing
white supremacists shouting slogans, colliding with counter protestors, ensuing
violence. Then, a car driven by a Nazi sympathizer, randomly mows down
activists. This, we talking in the 21st century2.

This
is why it’s time we need to bring this topic out in the open. Racism is a
matter of growing concern amongst the nations of the world. Far from being a
social ill restricted to one or two countries, the moral disease of racism
spans communities, countries and continents. Racism is a complex issue. People around
the world all belong to the same human race; they share the same tendencies to
fear, domination, and subjugation. Hence, inevitably, racism is a world-wide
issue. Mankind has been unable to embrace and celebrate the uniqueness of the
various ethnic groups. Instead, fear has taken control.

 

Xenophobia,
defined as an intense fear and dislike of foreign people, or simply racial
intolerance, is a disease reaching epidemic proportions3. There have been
various prominent cases of racism around the world. There has been a growing
fear of Muslims around the world which has been given the name of Islamophobia.

Ever since the election of US president Donald Trump, Muslims are being treated
by Americans as a minority group. They are considered to be dangerous and being
stereotyped as terrorists. As a result, they are being targeted by federal
agencies and individuals.

In
Australia, the Aborigines have lost much of their land and have been the victim
of extreme prejudice. Not only has Apartheid — legalized separation — been
practiced in Australia, it has been a well-publicized condition in South
Africa. Many African countries have endured long-term civil wars, some
beginning shortly after that nation’s freedom from former colonial countries.

In Asia, Cambodians harbor extreme prejudices against the Vietnamese, and
Chinese students have been forbidden access to higher education in Malaysia. In
the Middle East, antagonism between the Israelis and the Palestinians continues
to exist. 

UNESCO (United Nations
Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has been combatting racism
since 1949. They have taken various steps in order to try and reduce racism.  UNESCO has implemented human rights in
education globally so that all children, no matter their race are able to receive
education. They have also teamed up with sports clubs to educate people against
racism. Another organizations that help to fight racism is The International
Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), which is an
international non-profit, non-governmental human rights organization devoted to
eliminating discrimination and racism, forging international solidarity among
discriminated minorities and advancing the international human rights system4.

Using these evidences from
around the world, we can say that racism cannot be justified as all human
beings are the same and deserve to have access to the same facilities. Some may
argue this by saying that people from another race or economic background
should be treated differently as they “do not deserve” the same facilities.

 

NATIONAL
PERSPECTIVE

Racism
is an issue so grave that it has spread into multicultural, tolerant nations
like Singapore as well. Singapore is known as an accepting and tolerant nation
but it still suffers from the problem of racism. Many individuals are being
questioned unnecessarily just because of their physical appearance. Some are
even being stereotyped by their nationality and being looked down due to this.

 

Racism
is not only found in Singapore, but in India as well, which is considered to be
an accepting nation. This is a story of 5 Nigerian students who were brutally
beaten up by nearly 40 people armed with snooker cues, dustbins and even chairs
outside a mall. They were beaten up due to being suspected of dealing drugs to
a 19-year-old who had died of drug overdose. They were even accused you being
cannibals and their fridges were searched for the body. But there is no such
evidence of these students were involved in the death of the 19-year-old.

Racism
in the United States has been a major issue since the colonial era. Legally only
‘white’ Americans were sanctioned with certain rights and privileges over
African Americans, Asians. These privileges included voting rights, immigration
and even matters of education.  These
trends haven’t changed till date. There have been many stories of police
officers suspecting people of color or of a certain race to have committed
crimes. Not only police officers but even the president of the United States of
America, Donald Trump, is seen to be openly racist. For example, the ban on
immigration from middle east nations to reduce terrorism. This ban helps to
show how a certain race is being neglected and being accused for no reason at
all.

 

PERSONAL
PERSPECTIVE

Racism
is one of the most common issues in todays world. We all often read stories of
people criticizing one’s race or religion and stereotyping their qualities. We
can end up accepting these views and treat everyone unequally. For example,
this can be seen in schools. Most parents will want to send their children to
schools where there are people from their own country or religion. From
personal experience, I have seen that Indian parents would want to send their
children to an Indian school and American kids to an American school. Not only
this but within the school as well some children can be isolated due to their
physical appearance or even their race and religion. I believe that these
beliefs only arise due to the child’s family and friends.

 

POSSIBLE
SCENARIOS

 

As
tensions mount over racial injustice in America, Reveal found a pattern endemic
to the temp industry of racist, sexist and otherwise discriminatory hiring – a
practice the top federal regulator acknowledges is growing and difficult to
combat. This bias hides in the business transactions of an important, expanding
sector of the U.S. economy.

In
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, former Automation recruiter Vicki Anselmo said her
branch manager used “the N-word like it’s just second language for her.” And
employers always got what they wanted, she said, whether it was clean-cut white
men or black men without tattoos or skinny women. “They’d be like, ‘Vicki, you
know what I’m looking for,’ ” she said.

At
an Automation branch in Houston, Jaime Herrington said she was told to have
workers come into the office under the ruse that they needed to pick up a map
to the job location. In reality, it was to find out the job seeker’s skin
color.

“If
they were black,” Herrington wrote in a LinkedIn message, “we had to tell them
the job was cancelled or already filled by another recruiter.” Another cause of
racism can be unfamiliarity.  Some kids
who have only grown up with their own race may tend to become racist as they
may find it difficult to accept people with different beliefs. It is important
for kids to blend with various kinds of people instead of believing the false
stereotypes. Children are largely influenced by what their family and friends
believe in. Whenever a child’s parent acts harshly towards a certain person it
sends a message to the child that it is fine to isolate that kind of person.

One’s friends can also affect them in the same way their parents do. You have
to follow what your friends do as you have chosen them. Thus, this can lead you
to becoming a racist as well.

 

POSSSIBLE
SOLUTIONS

If
one is a witness or victim of racism it is important for him/her to stand up to
it. It is important to step up and speak as every little action can help bring
about a change. It is important to discuss one’s problems as it can help
lighten one up even if they may be unable to solve your problem. This can
sometimes be challenging as people who are being discriminated against may not
feel understood or may even have the fear of being offended by others. I
believe that one of the most important method to end racism is for us to
educate the newer generations and teach them how to accept others religion.

This can be done by encouraging people to attend different cultural events.

This can make people accepting and more tolerant towards others.  

1 History.com Staff.

(2009). Slavery in America. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery

 

2 Astor, M., Caron,
C., & Victor, D. (2017, August 13). A Guide to the Charlottesville
Aftermath. Retrieved November 21, 2017, from

 

3 Xenophobia. (n.d.).

Retrieved September 20, 2017, from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/xenophobia

 

4 About IMADR | IMADR:
International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism. (n.d.).

Retrieved November 19, 2017, from http://imadr.org/about/

 

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