How To Prevent Racism

 

Introduction

 

The word “racism” is any specific type of action involving a restriction or a preference based on colour, exclusion, distinction, religion, descent, and ethnic or national origin. Racism is very powerful, and the action of it in an individual impairs their view on the equal rights of other individuals pertaining to their colour or nationality. There are different types of racism and where it typically occurs in society. Racism can become a dangerous thing, and if we do not find some way to prevent it, it could lead to some serious issues.

 

Types Of Racism

 

There are 3 specific types of racism and they include individual, institutional, and cultural. These types mean exactly how they sound. Individual racism is when an act of racist behaviour includes an individual or even a group. Institutional racism is when schools become a part of the racism and they discriminate those individuals who are of a certain colour. Cultural racism specifically involves any social racist ideas or beliefs within all types of social areas. These areas can include stores, businesses, social media, the press, etc.

These different types of racism can be found among many different areas in society today. You can find racism, or racist actions, in students, staff members, amongst peers, and within public groups and individuals. There are several ways that people become involved in racist behaviours. They can be found within insults due to the persons nature or nationality, written offensive comments, verbal comments, offensive pictures, and discrimination when it comes to jobs, services, and even education.

Experiencing Racism

 

Whenever you find yourself under attack of racism, there are several things that you can do to try and get the situation resolved. Whenever you are in school or on a job, there are many ways that you can protect yourself if you feel like you are being harassed or attacked. If you need to resolve a racist issue, you can talk to a professional in this area to help. They can approach the racist individual and tell them that the behaviour and the racist comments need to stop immediately. You can make a formal complaint or even talk to your supervisor, teacher, or professional that is above you. There are also union’s that can be contacted to make sure that the situation gets handled properly and professionally.

 

Prevention

 

Even though racism can be an overwhelming and scary situation to handle, there are many things that can be done to prevent this type of actions from occurring. The many professionals and those in charge can easily promote and encourage a mutual respect between individuals. It is important to support policies that are against racism and to do so in an open manor. If you become a witness to any type of racist behaviour or attacks, it is important to make sure and report it immediately. This way the situation can be addressed as soon as possible and taken care of. The individuals that you do witness are under attack, you can offer support to them and help them as the issues are being handled. Whether you are a teacher, principle, supervisor, or any other type of individual in charge, make sure that you circulate all of this important information about racism around your school or job site. You will need to make sure that everyone understands what the consequences will be if there is any type of racists behaviour on the site. When people are aware of the rules before hand, it will help to prevent any serisous racism issues from arising.

 

Conclusion

 

In conclusion, it is important to bring these types of racist issues to light, and to stand up against the act of racism. When more people decide to take a stand against these issues, that is when the act of this type of behaviour will be knocked down. The only way to defeat racist behaviours is to try to prevent it. The more individuals fight against racism from building up, the less that these acts and behaviour will be able to flare up. It needs to be prevented and conquered, before it ends up taking a serious turn for the worst.

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RACISM

 

The core beliefs or doctrines of racism are that one’s own race is superior to another and can dominate the others or that a certain racial group is inferior to the others. Primarily, racism has affected people of color. For centuries in America, black people were under slavery and experienced cruel mistreatment, violence, malnutrition, and degradation. They faced discrimination and assumed inferior to other races and were denied right to vote, schooling, to go to particular public places and employment.

 

Today, organizations and laws have come up to protect against unequal treatment and discrimination. While a lot of improvement has been made on the basic rights of all regardless of color, a lot of stereotypes still exist within society such as young black boys are aggressive, lazy and dangerous. Muslims are assumed terrorists due to recent attacks such as 9/11, and white people are assumed to be wealthy.

The increased use of technology, the internet, and social media networks has led to cyber racism. Cyber racism is defined as the transmission of racist behavior, attitudes and racially offensive content that is intended to cause distress or harm to another person. Cyberbullying and racial hatred may be presented as cyber racism. Within seconds, material defined as racist can be transmitted from one person to the next and eventually to thousands. The internet has opened up and allows one to self-publish which is leading to websites that are not entirely correct and sites with content that is racially motivated. Social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram have provided platforms that are being used to create forums for racist material. Research [1] presented by Monash University shows that cyber racism can be as damaging as face-to-face racism and has the physical and emotional impact on the victims it impacts.

 

One of the founders of Islamophobia Register encountered first hand cyber racism when neo-Nazi organization from the United States urged its 5,000 Facebook followers to flood her social media account with offensive threats–some of the threats advocated for her murder. These death threats were taken seriously, and she had police patrolling her house overnight as she had to worry about her safety in the real world. Susan Carland, who is an academic and Muslim community advocate, tweet made international headlines. She tweeted she would give to UNICEF a dollar for every hate tweet she received and had donated $1,000 so far.

 

Racist comments to Premier football players have led to the prosecution of several offenders, with most offenders providing the strongest evidence against themselves through their digital comments. Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore who has been a victim on “Twacism” also known as Twitter racism has been raising awareness of inappropriate remarks on Twitter and actively campaigns against racism. Twitter has gone on record to say that it is a neutral platform but reviews all violations and act on a case by case basis.

 

Victims of cyber racism should as well, use all available channels to report incidences. From using the Social media report buttons, or alerting relevant authorities to ensure there is a record. While authorities try their best to make sure that what is illegal offline is also illegal online and ensure perpetrators of cyber racism are held accountable, there is still a long way to go to ensure that technology is used to create harmony within communities and deal with racist thoughts and racist comments.