Racism

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Racism

 

Racism consists of both prejudice and discrimination based in social perceptions of biological differences between peoples. It often takes the form of social actions, practices or beliefs, or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently.

 

Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination such as the circulation of ethnic stereotypes through the media, and whether to include the socio-political dynamics of social stratification that sometimes have a racial component.

 

In sociology and psychology, some definitions only include consciously malignant forms of discrimination. While some consider any assumption that a person’s behavior is tied to their racial categorization is inherently racist, regardless of whether the action is intentionally harmful or pejorative, because stereotyping necessarily subordinates individual identity to group identity. Some definitions of racism also include discriminatory behaviors and beliefs based on cultural, national, ethnic, caste, or religious stereotypes. One view holds that racism is best understood as ‘prejudice plus power’ because without the support of political or economic power, prejudice would not be able to manifest as a pervasive cultural, institutional or social phenomenon.

 

While race and ethnicity are considered to be separate phenomena in contemporary social science, the two terms have a long history of equivalence in popular usage and older social science literature. Racism and racial discrimination are often used to describe discrimination on an ethnic or cultural basis, independent of whether these differences are described as racial. According to the United Nations convention, there is no distinction between the terms racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination, and superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and that there is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere.

 

In history, racism was a driving force behind the transatlantic slave trade, and behind states based on racial segregation such as the U.S. in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and South Africa under apartheid. Practices and ideologies of racism are universally condemned by the United Nations in the Declaration of Human Rights. It has also been a major part of the political and ideological underpinning of genocides such as The Holocaust, but also in colonial contexts such as the rubber booms in South America and the Congo, and in the European conquest of the Americas and colonization of Africa, Asia and Australia.

 

Educate yourself on racism then do your part to erase racism across our planet.

 

What Is Racism

 

Erase Racism NOW

 

CrossRoads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training

 

Stand Against Racism

 

Anti-racist organizations in the United States

 

Solid Ground – Anti-Racism Initiative (ARI)

 

Anti-Racist Alliance

 

African Americans’ rights organizations

 

Southern Poverty Law Center‎ 

 

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee‎ 

 

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278 Responses

  1. Way to go being yourself and being honest. Even if we do not agree on everything (which is totally fine because we all are unique), I really respect you and think that what you are doing is great. Best of luck! :)

  2. Well damn, do you this is the first time I have read this or put a face to the person I talk to. Huh.

  3. I’ve been following you on Twitter & receiving The Obamacrat for a long time. You helped me put my UB button on my website and have been very supportive of me. Due to my sister’s unexpected death, I have been off Twitter for several months. Now that I have returned, I find that I am blocked by you and I have no idea why. Could you please help me find out what the problem is? Thank you. :-)

    • I don’t have a clue…I didn’t block you but Twitter has been removing my followers and randomly blocking folks I follow. I sent a tweet to support but that was ignored. Give me your twitter handle & I will see if unblocking you works. My condolences to you in the passing of your sister. My heart goes out to you for her death & your loss.

  4. I have been following you on Twitter & receivng The Obamacrat for a long time. You helped me set up the UB button on my web site & have been very supportive of me. Due to the unexpected death of my sister, I was off Twitter several months. Now that I have returned, I find that I am blocked by you and I have no idea why. Can you please help me find out what happened? Thank you. :-)

    • Send me your Twitter handle so I can check whats going on…and unblock you if you are blocked, but know I didn’t remove you of block you.

  5. Love your site and your articles :)

  6. Congratulations, Jueseppi!

    I have nominated your blog for the Lighthouse Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/the-lighthouse-award-thank-you-horty/

  7. I knew you were writing about yourself after the first sentence. It was your cadence. It is good for a hacker. LOL. You were in Hawaii too? Well that is good. I was so sick I guess it didn’t sink in. Hugs

  8. I can barely start to wonder why … SMH!!!

  9. I agree with you guys. He needs more than R&R to catch up after these 8 years. Am I seeing right? His hair has gray in it? But then again, who wouldn’t!??

  10. Great website. Just discovered it. I’m also an Obama Maniac. Too bad I can’t vote for him again in 2016. LOL.

    Keep up the good work!

    • It is a shame that he is done in 2016, but he needs a lifetime of rest and recuperation from these 8 years he will have served as POTUS. Thank you for the words of support.

    • Good evening and thank you for those kind words. I just followed your blog and will be reblogging a lot of your YummY recipes

  11. On another note!!! My dear Bro …. have a very happy new year!! Hugs!!

  12. Happy New Year JB!

  13. Happy Holidays Jueseppi !

    • Happy Holidays ♥ Happy Hanukkah ♥ Happy Kwanzaa ♥ Merry Christmas ♥ AND A Happy New 2014 ♥ (*‿*) Have fun, stay safe and be warm.

  14. Please, accept this. It’s a very important and newly created award for unique bloggers:

    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/humanitarian-award-in-rememberance-of-nelson-mandela/

  15. Jueseppi, I hope that you accept the award.

    My holiday was lousy. I’m tired and sore, but at least I won’t have to cook today or tomorrow. :-)

  16. Jueseppi, I would be honored if you accept this award. The rules are here:

    http://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/semper-fidelis-award/

  17. Please check out my Yahoo Contributor article about President Obama. Feel free to comment. Thank you.

    http://yhoo.it/1drcbvc

  18. Will you be commenting on the PBS series “African American Lives” that comes on Tuesday nights? I’ll look forward to your commentary about it….

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