“Irrespective of its sources, racism is racism. Ignorance is no excuse. Insecurity is not justification…racism in all its forms should be uncompromisingly condemned.”
When the word “racism” is mentioned what comes to mind? To most people racism is when one believes that his/her genetically physical characteristics are better than the characteristics of another race. But what does not comes to mind is racism did and can lead to the elimination of another race ,division of a nation and the enslavement of another race , as what took place in history. In this modern time where there are laws against discrimination of any sort and words like “we are created equally” are said almost everywhere, one will think racism does not exist and it is part of history. But racism is still around because the causes of racism still exist.
I can never comprehend why people think something as permanent as race can make us better than another person? Well, by now you must think what kind of a person I am? I am never able to understand anything!! Anyways, I have been brought up in an environment where I was taught none shades matter. Personalities do.
Racism has its roots in the belief that some people are superior because they belong to a particular race, ethnic or national group. The concept of race is a social construct, not a scientific one. In simple terms, racism is utterly ugly. It divides us, based on where we come from or the color of our skin. You know what is scary? It happens when people feel it is okay to treat others badly as they go on about their daily lives.
“Why is racism a thing anymore? Haven’t we passed that in 2016?” – Ananya, 15
it’s a question that people ask all the time. If we’re all part of the human race, why are people racist? After all, there are no biological differences between people. No race is superior or inferior to another. We’re all the same.
There are many reasons why people can have racist attitudes. Some people answered this question.- “We take on the views of people around us. We only hang around with people “like us”. “We’re quick to judge.” We blame others for our problems. When we feel angry or frustrated, we often look for someone else to blame for our problems. As a community, we can do the same thing. People who look or talk differently to us are an easy target. You can hear it happening today in comments like, “those people take our jobs” or “they get government handouts all the time”.
Nearly all the time, these statements are wrong. There are no valid reasons or excuses for racism. It is never okay. Another person recently shared “Just being born Indigenous makes you feel second class. If I wasn’t hearing bad things about myself, I wouldn’t think “oh, I’m a bad person, I can’t do this, and I am not going to do it. Whereas if no one said anything bad about me, I would push myself harder into doing things and knowing that I can do it, no matter what happens I will do it … but I just can’t.”
It shattered my heart. We can’t just blame everything on “human behavior” or “lack of education.” Some things can be really destructive for lifetime. Racism can cause a lot of damage to both individuals and communities.
What can we do about it? We’ve all been there. We see or hear something racist and we want to say or do something but we’re not sure how to go about it. It takes guts to stand up to racism – but you should never put your physical safety at risk. There are plenty of things we can do to make a difference that don’t involve confrontation. If you’re on the receiving end of racism, you could…Say something if it feels okay to do so. It doesn’t have to be aggressive or abusive. In fact, it’s often more effective if it’s not. Here are some ideas suggested by young people. — “What you just said is really offensive and rude.”
-“Please, have some respect for yourself and for others.”
-Say nothing. Sometimes people just want to provoke you and get a reaction. Walking away may defuse the situation.
-Report it. Call the police if you feel threatened or unsafe at any time.
If you see racism towards someone else…Back them up. You don’t have to get involved in the situation – just showing your support would make a difference. Encourage them to get support.
As humankind progresses, our way of thinking becomes more complex, as does the world around us. The values we once had aren’t forgotten, but replaced with new values as our old ways hide in the back of our minds. Though they are present and may re-emerge if a change in life conditions calls them up, they are no longer the dominant. This genuinely is the hope for mankind in their fight to end racism. In the future, if we can surmount the silliness of racism to the point where no one senses it, we will be in fine condition.
You are no ordinary, no matter what shade are you. You are great.