Racism

Racism is a type of prejudice towards a certain racial group, usually a minority. People can carry out unjust acts towards these people through limited citizenship rights, social discrimination, hate crimes, etc. This type of prejudice still exists in many parts of the world.

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Racism
Demographics

What is the percentage of racism in America?

Original answer:

I won't say racism is non existence in America. Rather there is still racism among the whites towards the black Negros, who had to fight hard dating back the days of slavery to date. However the percentage of racism has come down considerably.

My answer:

You cannot reduce racism to a percentage because different people have it to varying degrees. Most people would live beside a person of another race but many still only marry within their own race.

I strongly object to the original answer's implication that is is only white-on-black racism in the US (but out of respect for other opinions, I won't delete or alter it). In fact, you could argue that there is as much, if not more, black-on-white racism. As evidence, look at how white voters elected president Obama, largely ignoring his mixed race while blacks overwhelmingly voted for him, often because he was considered black.

In the US, there are people from all over the world. There are some people from every origin who have racist views about various other groups. And yet, despite all that, the country works surprisingly well and, in all fairness, racism is lower than in most other countries in the world. Homogeneous countries typically have the highest racism.

Hopefully common sense will prevail;

If we believe in the concept of logic while realizing that racism is a political term and not really based in logic, as is nothing political, then we are forced to look at the term in a slightly different manner than is common among most Americans. That humans prefer the company of people who look like themselves has been documented by several studies concerning the reactions of newborns to their caretakers. For too long, so-called social progressives (perhaps they once were) have controlled the hearts and minds of people who are not seriously concerned with solving our most grievous social issue, preferring to allow their personal political biases to get in the way of clear thinking.

Since racism is such an inflammatory word, I think it would behoove us to tone down our phrasing and realize that "racism" and even ethnocism, if there even is such a word, are natural and common weaknesses that we all share. But since weaknesses can be strengthened, it is not something that we have to be stuck with for the rest of our existences. Unfortunately, getting rid of useless prejudice is an individual endeavor often encompassing many disparate issues and thought processes and is not always well advised. This is an us vs. them world whether we like it or not and there are times when sticking with one's own can save one's life. The trick is recognizing when separation is necessary and when it's just plain silly.

For example, it would be insane for a "liberal-minded" Boer family in South Africa to live in a predominantly low income African neighborhood, or as some farmers have discovered, isolated from other Boers and surrounded by tribes other than their own. On the other hand, for an American to refuse to live next to people of other races whose background is more similar to his than many individuals with similar facial features and skin tone is ridiculous. This is the problem with ideology, it too often gets people killed and it continues the problem without even a trace of resolution.

If pragmatic people and not ideologues had tackled the problem of racial prejudice in the beginning of the battle in this country, we would have been brought together instead of torn apart, and we are being torn apart. Just because our citizens are less vocal about their hatreds doesn't mean they don't still have them. But, alas, this is not how we humans have ever chosen to do very many things.

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Racism

Where does racism take place most?

Racism exists in many minds of many people all over the earth, so it's hard to pinpoint where it takes place the most. Just because there may not be many in any given place whose actions aren't based in racism, such as segregating, profiling, etc., it doesn't mean racism doesn't exist there and that anyone who lives there isn't discriminatory.

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Society and Civilization
Discrimination
The Difference Between
Racism

What is the difference between racism and classism?

The difference is racism deals with someone being judgemental and discriminatory because of someone elses race/ethnicity. Classism deals with someone being discriminatory because of someone elses social/economic class. Though it should be noted, the two can sometimes overlap.

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Racism

What are some examples of individual racism?

Individual racism may exist when parents will not let their children play with a child of another race. Businesses may turn away foreigners as another example.

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Of Mice and Men
Racism

What are some examples of racism in the book Of Mice and Men?

When Lenny is talking to the black man , and the black man says " I can't even go to the bunkhouse to play cards , because I'm black " '

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History of US Immigration
Discrimination
Racism

What racism did Cubans immigrants face?

Many were accused of being criminals due to the result of the Mariel boatlift in 1980 were Fidel Castro had released many inmates from Cuba's prisons and jails to reduce repeat offenders in his country by putting them off on us. So everyone assumed that they were all criminals.

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Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Racism

What color symbolizes racism?

There is no color that symbolizes racism.

(And fortunately for those of European or African descent, "white" and "black" aren't colors.)

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Japan
United Kingdom
Racism

How is Jap racist when its no different to Britt?

Britain has equality laws which make it illegal to discriminate against anyone because if their race, creed, religion etc. Japan has no such laws and although there is a degree of racism in Japan, the Japanese people are so polite that it is unlikely that foreigners would notice it.

The term "Jap" was used in a derogatory manner during WW2 when tensions in regards to those of Japanese descent were very high. Referring to someone as a Jap was roughly the same as referring to a black person as the n word. The term "Brit" on the other hand, is not viewed as derogatory....at least not to the extent some terms are. The United States and Great Britain have been allies for a long time and were so in WW2. So the short answer is that "Brit" tends to be a term of endearment whereas "Jap" is a derogatory term.

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History of Ireland
New Zealand
Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Racism

Did the Irish face racism when they immigrated to New Zealand?

Not that we know of, as they first arrived at the same time as many other European settlers, all of whom were new to the country as well.

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History of the United States
Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Racism

When did racism end in America?

From a legal standpoint, racism (and discrimination base on it) theoretically ended with the enactments of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution immediately after the Civil War.

However, there were significant "end-runs" around the strictures laid out in these amendments, such that practical legal discrimination by race continued up until the 1960s, when, at the conclusion of the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (coupled with several major Supreme Court decisions, the biggest of which was Brown v Board of Education) outlawed any form of legal racism or discrimination in the United States.

So, legal racism no longer exists in the United States. While some may argue about the "reverse racism" of Affirmative Action policies, legally speaking, the U.S. is now no longer racist.

However, racism happens not just in public or legal frameworks. It also happens in the actions of individuals, in the myriad of ways they interact with eachother. Unfortunately, in this respect, there are still a significant number of people who hold racist views. And, it is unlikely that we will be able to eliminate racial bias anytime soon (which, is a mild form of racism), as racial bias seems ingrained at an almost instinctual level in human beings.

It has not ended in America nor has it ended in the rest of the known world.

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Racism

What is racism like now?

Racism is still unfortunately a part of society. However it is much smaller now than in times gone by. However it may just be that racist attitudes are still present , but not made public as it is now widely condemned.

Racism is still wholey unacceptable and illegal. Hopefully when all of the old fashioned people who are racist start to die, so will their views, even though they have probably infected their kids with them... But going on this logic, the problem should consistantly decrease.

On the other hand, large scale immigration in many countries such as the UK, can cause racist attitudes as natives tend to resent the foreigners coming to the country and 'taking their jobs' and taking benfits. When actually the truth is that many lazy british people claim benefits, so we should not dislike the foreigners because of their nationality, but because of their lifestyles and behaviour, if they do behave poorly.

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African-American History
History of the United States
Racism

When did racism start in the United States of America?

This is a funny question......I do not mean that in an insulting manner. Since the beginning of time people have disliked anything different and or resist any kind of change. In the US Italians were spit on when getting off the boat onto the piers. The Irish were thrown into ghettos that were so bad they made Harlem look like Utopia. But to answer your question and this is why it is funny. Before anyone really had a chance at discriminating against African Americans, the first were the American Indian of course but the second deep seeded hate came between the Northern States and the Southern States. Because blacks were still a commodity and not a free people yet Northerners and Southerners while being some from the same kin were viewed as seperate. But in all reality the first Racism really started with the American Indian. People hated what they feared or could not understand.

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Racism

What is the difference between racial prejudice and racism?

Racial Prejudice is like stereotyping which is taking the characteristics of selct individuals and applying it to an entire race this is a form of Racism. Racism is the general and racial profiling or prejudice is more of a specific. other types of racism include violence and harassment..etc.

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Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Jesus Christ
Racism

What is the government doing about racism?

The US Government is still promoting racism through minority projects, 'affirmative action', multi-language manuals, etc.

Each and every action that promotes or supports division amongst American Citizens actively supports racism.

Even government acknowledgement of hyphenated Americanism promotes division and racism.

America has been called the 'great melting pot' for decades, so we should not support anything that does not promote unity.

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Sociology
Society and Civilization
Racism

What is racial discrimination?

Racial discrimination exists when one human race denies civil rights to another racial group in a nation. It can also be global in nature. For example, persons of East Asian descent, Japanese -Americans in particular were seen as internal threats to the US in WW 2. US President Roosevelt had all Japanese-Americans placed in "camps" for racial reasons.Ethnic discrimination is not racial discrimination.

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Sociology
Racism

What is the root cause of racism?

One of the root causes is ignorance. Also, it is a lack of understanding, and false perceptions about others which amounts to a lack of knowledge, which once again translates back to ignorance.

Racism is not particular to one race, all of us - no matter what race we are - experiences racism. All of us need to be educated in an effort to minimize this kind of mentality.

None of us see reality in its most perfect and purest form. We interpret what we read, we interpret what we hear, we interpret what we see and we call that reality when actually it could be the furthest thing from the truth. Perceptions of others can be correct and on target, or they can be incorrect and well off target. Its a perception and only a perception. We need as a society to bridge the gap, and this can only be accomplished when people understand the past, let it go, and move on to the future. The problem we have today, is that some people refuse to let the past go, and tend to harbor great resentment.

Basically, people must be willing to change. Its not that they can not change, but they are in many cases unwilling to change.

If there is anything that is stead-fast and unchanging, it is change itself. Change is inevitable. However, positive change can only evolve from enlightenment and understanding. Once again, we all need to be educated.

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Slavery
Sociology
Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Racism

How did racism begin?

As long as man has been on earth. Men have always hated other men for various reasons.

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Relationships
Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Racism

What recommendations would you propose about racism?

Racism is all about fear. Anything that helps people be less fearful and more confident in their own God-given beauty, intelligence, and power - even if religion is never mentioned - will offer a healing influence.

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History of Russia
Vladimir Lenin
Racism

What was Lenin's attitude toward Racism?

Lenin viewed racism as a product and a tool of bourgeois society. Racism is used to win over working-class people to sacrificing and dying for imperial adventures abroad (in Lenin's time, tzarist expansion in central and east Asia, in our time, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq), and also to divide different sections of workers (who would otherwise be the overwhelming majority) in their struggles for economic freedom and political power. Therefore, racism was definitely an obstacle to socialist revolution. The way to overcome these national rivalries was to build an "international" of socialists from all over the world. Delegates from China, India, and elsewhere came to the first congresses of Lenin's Third International (which would later betray 1st and 3rd world movements time and again after Lenin's death).

To see Lenin's views on the use of racism as a tool of imperialist policy, look up "national self-determination" vs "social chauvinism".

Domestically speaking, Lenin would advocate for labor-organizations in various nations to instill working-class consciousness and combat forms of "false-consciousness" that divided the working class, which include racism, sexism, homo-phobia, and religious divisions. He wrote letters to American revolutionaries convincing them to argue for the inclusion of blacks in the labor movement, and, were he around today, he would probably congratulate Egyptian Mulsims and Copts (Christians) for coming together at Tahrir Square, despite centuries of Muslim oppression toward Copts.

Racism is one of the issues that, Lenin would argue, necessitates the formation of a "vanguard-party" of the most class-conscious workers. Common economic oppression alone are not enough to get workers to unite, since racism divides and oppresses different sections of workers. Class unity can't be left to spontaneity... It takes organizations of trained and conscious anti-racists, anti-sexists, etc, to work amongst their co-workers, neighbors, and fellow soldiers, to win them to the idea of racial unity.

Finally, for Lenin, for any true socialist, racism is simply one of the distortions of human nature occurring within the confines of class society that we can look forward to abolishing once we burst from those confines. Hopefully we'll be nicer to other life-forms and to aliens as well :) (my views, not necessarily Lenin's).

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Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Racism

What are some causes of racism?

There is no single or exact cause for racism. There are numerous factors that contribute to it that include:

  • A fear of people who are different- xenophobia.
  • A need in some people to feel superior.
  • A need in some people for dominance: Humans are heirarchical animals and a heirarchy requires that some members be in a lower position. Racism helps some people to rationalize the dominance of one group over another politically, economically and socially in some areas of the world.
  • Some governments use racism to excuse and perpetuate oppression.
  • Feelings in some people that attempts to end discrimination and protection of basic human rights are instead special rights given over to one group.
  • Long standing historic patterns of prejudice and the reality of slavery since the earliest human civilizations have contributed to modern racism. Slavery is still practiced in many parts of the world and was part of the common culture in the ancient world and lasted until modern times in the West. Racism thrives under systems that support slavery since the slavers must justify their actions by a fiction of superiority.
  • For some people who feel insecure in their own status prejudicial attitudes boost their self esteem.
  • A need in some people to be part of a group even when that group holds negative attitudes toward individuals who are members of different groups.
  • Stereotypical thinking and rigid belief systems.
  • Ancient survival instincts.
  • Lack of diversity where one lives.
  • Social and economic status.
  • Older generations can sometimes pass on beliefs of hatred to a new generation, and in turn the young ones grow up believing in what has been taught to them.
  • Many people are raised in racist families. They also think of themselves as being better than others who are different.
  • Fear and ignorance. People see the person of another race as a threat to their own position and status and as a self-protective measure they react with a negative response.
  • Many people harbor racist tendencies that ooze out, especially in homogenous groups and anonymous internet chat rooms and forums. That freedom of anonymity helps to perpetuate racism.
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Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Racism

Is racism a part of southern culture?

Segregation was part of Southern History.

That culture does not carry on-Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King.

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Buddhism
Discrimination
Racism

What are the Buddhist views towards racism?

Buddhism was originally created in protest against the Hindu caste system, therefore Buddhism is fundamentally opposed to racism.

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African-American History
Society and Civilization
Discrimination
The Great Depression
Decade - 1930s
Racism

Why was there racism in Mississippi during the 1930s?

Because the white people didn't like the black people and they didn't want them.

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Sociology
Society and Civilization
Discrimination
Racism

How does racism hurt?

People cant help what race they are, or where they came from. People judge them from things they cant control. Every race does it, so none can complain any more than the other. But it still makes one feel bad, low, ugly, and useless . It makes other people think they are nothing!

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African-American History
Definitions
Racism

What does segregation mean?

Segregation means the separation of different kinds of people based on ethnicity or other factors. There was a period of time in the United States in which African-Americans were segregated.

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