either part of the solution or part of the problem" Eldridge
Cleaver (Author of Soul on Ice)
'Racism' is a combination of stereotyping, prejudice and
people think they are superior to others, as they see people
of other cultures as worse or lower than themselves. This
attitude is very destructive to all involved, and is devastating
to those who are discriminated against.
can be racist?
can be racist. To discriminate with racism a person will have
some kind of power over the person they are discriminating
against - be it economic, political or social power.
doesn't have to come from a boss or someone in a position
where power is a given. Power can exist in a group of people
or one person. A group of people can use their numbers to
feel powerful, and can use their group to intimidate those
they discriminate against.
of racism from a group;
group of kids in a cafeteria not allowing kids of other
skin colour to sit with them.
sports team not allowing people to play on their team because
they are from a certain country, speak another language,
or have different skin colour.
or more people making fun of, or harassing someone with
different skin color or ethnicity.
is a word used to define people based on a generalizing of
often just one member of that group by his or her actions,
words, dress, etc.
behavior is wrong because no matter our background we are
all individuals with unique characteristics and habits.
is by no means a fair or accurate way to judge an entire culture,
or an individual of a culture. When we categorize people by
generalizing them we are stereotyping.
stereotypes that are common today, but like all stereotypes,
are completely false and based on prejudice;
A white person made a racist comment, therefore all white
people are racist.
An African person was caught stealing, therefore all African
people are criminals.
'Martial Arts' such as karate are from Asia, therefore all
Asians know karate.
aboriginal person was drunk, therefore all aboriginals are
All these stereotypes are false and are damning to those
on the receiving end, and show the true ignorance and
arrogance of those who say these things. To end discrimination
we need to face the ugly reality of it by brining it out
in the open and talking about it, and understanding how
wrong it is, and facing ourselves.
Did you know that in the state of Alabama it was just in
the year 2000 that it became legal for "mixed race"
marriages? - Racism is still here; we still need to address
this serious issue.
means simply to pre-judge. Prejudice is a pre-judgment of
people based on our stereotypes.
doesn't look at facts but lives on preconceived notion, which
results in unfair treatment. Stereotyping and Prejudice
requires prejudice and stereotyping. It's the action we take
against others because of our prejudiced belief system.
actions belittle, discourage and humiliate the victim, and
show the true ignorance of the person discriminating.
puts people at such a disadvantage that they can be excluded
from opportunities such as work/ employment, housing, health
care, education, and even friendships.
is an unequal, unfavorable treatment directed against a group
or individual who is a member of the group. It is treating
the term "racism" is racist in of itself. We know
that there are not different "races" of humans.
We are all of the same "race". The differences in
skin colour are a minor, superficial difference. In fact our
skin tone changes with exposure to the sun.
humans skin becomes darker with exposure to sunlight (suntan).
A person with lighter skin may on one day discriminate against
a dark skinned person, then the next day have darker skin
themselves because they simply stood in the sun. This is a
prime example of how discrimination is not only wrong, but
foolhardy as well..
person is responsible for their own actions. Each time you
witness discrimination, you can take action.
action might be as simple as separating yourself from people
who discriminate. If it is safe to do so, discrimination should
be challenged. If someone tells you a racist joke, make an
effort not to laugh. Tell the person that racist jokes are
you stereotype? Have you told or laughed at racist jokes?
Do you avoid sitting next to people of different ethnicity's?
you ever thought things like, "I wish those people would
go back where they came from"?
you answered yes to any of the above, then you have had prejudiced
thoughts and may have discriminated. How does it feel to be
most important thing to realize is that all forms of discrimination
require a lack of respect for a persons basic human rights.
If you know how it feels to be held back unfairly, if you
know what it feels like to made fun of, if you know what injustice
is, then you know what racial discrimination is.
responsible. Be fair. Don't do things to another that you
would not want to have done to you.
CAN BE STOPPED.
CAN BE STOPPED BY YOU.
2003-2005 Cris LaBossiere