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Question #5: What is the real definition of Racism? How has racism affected America and the rest of the world? Why are black people often victims of racism?
Duhaime.org/LegalDictionary defines Racism as the Superiority-based ideology which discriminates individuals or a group, based on their immutable characteristic of race. The well known dictionary Merriam-Webster offers many definitions of racism including: A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities; a political or social system founded on Racism.
In the first paragraph I decided to begin this research and examination by providing real and applicable definitions for the term racism. Instead of just using the definition I as the author am familiar with I sought out other “trusted sources”. Now that racism has been defined I am going to use MentorshipRevolution’s Guide that provides direction for those seeking to understand the meaning of something.
1. Define it. 2. Relate it. 3. Sentence it. 4. Remember it.
That is why MR created an educational guide as simple as this, because it can be used to provide clarity on word vocabulary, the human language, and in this case it helps us explore racism and the effects/affects of this conundrum.
Racism is a popular issue in America, but in actuality racism exists everywhere where there are different races, ethnicities, and nationalities( Have you ever heard of a world living in perfect harmony? If so, I want to know where). There is the human race, which implies that all human beings are one and equal. For people that make this statement there is an intent to bridge the gap of resentment and lead everyone to an open mind that overlooks the differences, which allows us to see the big picture.
The smaller picture is that there are several races (this is exclusive identity) such as Africans, African Americans, Caucasians/Europeans, Asians, Hispanics, and Indians. The bigger picture in view of mankind is that we all identify as human beings, which means despite our physical differences/traits we all are born with common traits/abilities/capacities.
The issue of racism occurs once physical traits and identities allow people to view them and their group as superior or more advanced and able to be great than the people that don’t exist within the borders of their race. Self hate can exists within one’s own race, which is often cited as a problem within the black community.
Racism is a very broad concept, but something as simple as a light skinned person looking down on a dark skinned person because of skin tone can be defined as racism. Vice versa with a person in the Caucasian race hating or refusing to respect someone in the African American race. This leads to the power issue. As we can see in America and even as simple as looking within families/communities throughout the span of the human race.
Racism is a problem or detriment to the entire world because it involves a person or group that seeks pleasure or confirmation through power and pride. Power+Pride is mainly why racism exists in America and any other border or country that is known to man. Power+Pride often isn’t viewed as dangerous to us until we see the physical manifestations of these two mentalities.
Power+Pride will be almost impossible to kill in the world because it is apart of our human nature. Sadly a fallen one. Racism as we have seen through human history, specifically in America lies on the negative foundation of one people seeking to dominate the other people. All because of their own greed, and desire to gain.
Let’s talk about slavery and how white people enslaved the black people in America. I am not a history major or expert, but it should be obvious by now that from the years 1619-1865 Pride+Power are the two major hinges on which slavery existed in people’s minds and in society. Though today we have the privilege and sanity of understanding that American slavery was cruel and dehumanizing to its majority black victims; it is safe to say that during the years slavery was predominant it had become a common part of society and was understood as the plight of human existence for all those that lived throughout that span of that time.
If you look back in history pages during the years 1619-1865 the black people that suffered from the pain of enslavement showed intense pain and suffering, but also massive hope and faith in God or the belief that one day slavery would be no more. By Black people being human ( and even other white people) and on both the physical and mental suffering side of slavery as a people they knew slavery wasn’t right or moral treatment for human beings.
But the huge disadvantage for black people is that they were held captive- meaning they found themselves in a major power issue. The Caucasian race was the group that was reigning and holding the power. This includes making all the decisins in American politics, society, and all decisions made ( including the system of slavery).
In today’s modern world many of us argue that White Supremacy still exists in America, and Racism still exists. There are many pieces that exist within this argument, and it will require more than a few people to dissect and figure out the right answers.
So far in examining the issue of Racism I have explained that Racism exists in America and the entire world at all because of Pride+Power. This is the simple formula that can back up the broad issue of racism, which is treating another inferior because you think your race is superior.
Racism hasn’t had any positive effects and that all boils down to the main reason being that Racism is a evil of the world. But it is also a method of certain people preserving their pride and stealing\ maintaining power all by the means of Race.
The final question to answer is why black or darker skinned people usually seem to be the most victimized. As we seen in American Slavery of the past, the homeland Africa, and even in modern society.
This is an even deeper issue to delve into, but for some reason people prioritize light skin complexions. This stems from biblical history, politics, and historical tradition.
Are light skin people better than dark skin people? Certainly not! But that is an assumption many people ignorantly make.
I know I have said it before, but I have to say it again to answer these questions as truthfully as possible.
The main reason black people are often the victims of racism and prejudice( beyond skin alone) is because as a people they have been made the weaker power ( disempowered) and the people who use them for their power feed have egos that rely on pride as an advantage.
In the end I want to make it clear that Racism is simply defined as one race feeling superior to another and treating that race inferior. It can be seen in modern day life and by looking bavk horrific periods like slavery.
Racism is a pride and power issue. I propose that as individual human beings if we sought to not divulge power and pride we would become more peaceful and safe societies and nations. At the end of the day Racism is only harmful and creates disadvantages for all involved: mentally, spiritually, and physically.
The End of This MR Question Column 5th Edition
I know this edition of the question column which focused on Racism was heavy to digest. It wasn’t very easy for me to write as the writer, but I am happy that I did.
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