Racism is the ideology that people should be divided by biological race and the color of their skin. It is often believed that one race is superior to the others and is typically characterized by hateful thoughts and actions.
Why Do People Discriminate Based on Race?
Children are impressionable and many times act in a way of monkey see, monkey do. Children can become racist from hearing their parents talk rudely of someone of a different color, or even watching it on television. Many say you can't be born racist but the truth is we naturally tend to cling to people who are like us. You can be taught to be racist but you can also be taught not to be.
Racism can be caused by Xenophobia. This is often related to those of a different origin, culture or race. Xenophobia is the fear of things that are different. It is often characterized by violence and hate towards those who are different. We tend to be more attracted to people and things "like us".
Often times our brains automatically jump to falsified conclusions about people based on socially constructed ideas of a certain "types" of people. This is called stereotyping and is often a subconscious occurrence. Stereotyping can based off of the clothes that a person is wearing, their religious affiliation, age, or the color of their skin. In a study by the New York Times, white citizens of New York City were asked to describe a time when they had a racist first thought based on the stereotypes of African Americans. In most cases, they came to find that they are actually just people that are just like them.
Could you be racist?
According to the study, 49 percent of Americans are not racist and 47 percent are racist (the other 4% are unaccounted for). However, they are only deemed racist because they voted for President Trump, meaning that the 49% who did not vote for him believe that Trump is in fact racist. According to the article, "believing that other people are racist is the most convenient way to convince yourself that you aren't." Just because you say you are not doesn't mean that you aren't. Racism could even just be culture appropriation or making one thing the "normal" or standard.
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