What is racism? What can we do about? There are so many topics to cover when it comes to racism, so I want to keep it short and simple (to the best of my ability).
I want to start with defining what racism is. How can a problem be solved if we don’t even know what it is in the first place? A quick Google search defines it as
“The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”
But when you look through the definitions provided by people on urbandictionary.com – we see a different picture. There is no clear definition, but a pattern that I can spot is that white people feel as though they are the only target of being called racist. If a white person says that all black people are lazy, immoral and love to kill each other – they would be called a racist. But if a black person were to say that all white people are the devil, weird or crazy, no-one would bat an eye. Im going to tackle this in another post…
One definition that I agree with on the urbandictionary is:
“An irrational bias towards members of a racial background. The bias can be positive (e.g. one race can prefer the company of its own race or even another) or it can be negative (e.g. one race can hate another). To qualify as racism, the bias must be irrational. That is, it cannot have a factual basis for preference. “
While studying psychology I learned that, according to science, there is no such thing as race. It is basic knowledge in sociology that race is a construct. In biology there is no race, if you look at the DNA of any member of any race, there is NO distinction between us. However, ethnicity on the other hand is real – it is based on a shared cultural heritage. Cultures are learned.
There are obvious physical differences between us – so although “race” may not technically exist, it is naive to say that it doesn’t affect how people treat others. Whether we know about it or not.
I will end on this note, and an interesting definition I found on cliffnotes (click here for the full page)
“Certainly, obvious physical differences—some of which are inherited—exist between humans. But how these variations form the basis for social prejudice and discrimination has nothing to do with genetics but rather with a social phenomenon related to outward appearances. Racism, then, is prejudice based on socially significant physical features. A racist believes that certain people are superior, or inferior, to others in light of racial differences. Racists approve of segregation, or the social and physical separation of classes of people.”
DO YOU AGREE? What do you think racism is?
Racism is about POWER – click here for my REAL thoughts on racism.