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Video: Why people are Racist

For some people,racism is a very  touchy subject most especially  when  issues concerning free speech and Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights come into play.
So why do people apply racism and discrimination as a powerful weapon to encourage fear and  hatred of others .

To understand this we must first know that racism is based on the belief that characteristics and abilities can be attributed to people simply on the basis of their race and that some racial groups are superior to others.

Over the years notably, there has been a global revival of racism, chauvinism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia. People seem to be afraid and crippled by the fear of those who do not look like them almost everywhere. This epidemic is not specifically attributed to any country or race. A white can face racism in South Africa an Asian in the UK or a black person in Asian countries  this issue is a global epidemic that should not be blamed on any race or any particular country.

Basically, When we feel angry or frustrated, mostly from  economic woes and frustrations we often look for someone else to blame for our problems. People who look or talk differently from  us are an easy target. You can hear it happening today in comments like, "those people take our jobs" or "they get government handouts all the time". Nearly all the time, these statements are wrong.

When we are  quick to judge and label people. He dresses like this because his from this race. She goes to that school so she must be rich therefore from that race . We can also stereotype people from different racial backgrounds as "lazy", "brainy", "aggro“ .and so on.

To better understand racism we must first ask ourselves the reasons why people have racist attitudes. Taking  on the views of people around us we learnt that a lot of our racist attitudes are shaped when we're young. When our family members or friends express racist opinions, it's common that we will take on those views ourselves. The problem is that, unless we do something about it, they can stay with us for a lifetime.If we only hang around with people "like us".we end up conjuring attitudes that is not acceptable in present day norm. While it's sometimes  normal to want to spend time with people that have the same interests, background, culture and language this do create a sense of belonging that is really important while  the downside is that it can also set up differences between other groups and over time this might lead to us to thinking that our group is better than others.

While understanding that most racist people are so due to biological and environmental factors we can overcome this by Getting  to know people that are from different racial backgrounds and find out how much you have in common.We  should also stop blaming  others for our problems

Finally, there are no reasons or excuses for racism. It's just wrong. And in many countries,racism is against the law and racist are prosecuted.

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