“The term “racial discrimination” shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life. ” Racism consists of two factors, prejudice and power. Racism is when a racist exploits his beliefs onto someone else, both physically and/or mentally.
Racists believe that a particular race of people is superior to another – judged souly upon the colour of their skin, race or even religion. Whether it being conciously or subconciously. A victim of racism can suffer psychologically; constant racist remarks may be destructive and may cause extreme insecurity. Racism causes people to form groups with people of the same skin colour, which leads to divided society.
Racists oppose democratic equality and human rights. Although racial segregation has been lawfully disabled, racism is still a major issue in the world today and is difficult to combat.Some people may think that people are born racist – when we grow up, we believe everything our parents tell us.
When we’re young, we’re oblivious to opinions and other facts unless we are told them from our teachers or our parents. If a mother tells her child that black people are filthy then the child will then automatically assume it is a fact and not an opinion. When that child grows up, he or she will only think otherwise if his or her parents allow them too.
If his or her parents tell the child not to talk to black people then the child will never be open to other opinions.It will then not be his or her fault because his or her mum has almost ‘brainwashed’ the child. So one could say that some are born racist. Others believe that people aren’t born racist, because it is impossible to deprive the child of other perspectives of racial discrimination. Using the same example, a mother telling her child black people are filthy, the child will believe it – however he or she will eventually have to grow up, he or she will be less nai?? ve. Therefore they will question what they have been told and then form an opinion for themselves.
The parents may influence them to think in a certain direction, however at the end of the day, the child will become an adult and will always be able to defrenciate their right from their wrong. I think that certain people will be born racist, because I think it is in some cases possible to tell your child what to believe. It can be linked with religion, if you tell your child that there’s one god and he has many messengers – you can send them to an Islamic school and they will never have a chance to think otherwise. So if you told your child black people are filthy..
. ut them in an environment where everyone thinks the same, the child will never question black people being like everybody else as no one else will, so questioning it will never occur. Racism has been a worldwide issue. In the 18th century when Africans were sold as objects in the slave trade triangle, in my opinion those who took part in the racist act were not necessarily being prejudice, they didn’t think that the Africans were inferior. Those who got involved were money minded, never did they prejudge, they happened to choose the Africans because they were poor.I don’t think they cared about the skin colour, at the time, they’re focus was on the profit.
However as the slave trade progressed, so did the beliefs. As the Africans were black, the merchants came to a conclusion that black people must be inferior. The British then went by the belief of ‘white supremacy is necessary for human progress’. Today, the president has apologized for taking part in the racist trade; Britain has made further progress on their view on racial equality.