Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Global Racism

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Racism in American society is often framed/ perceived to be just an American problem when in reality it goes far beyond that. Racism is a global phenomenon that is practiced by people, organizations and governments all across the world. In many Middle Eastern countries there is a considerable amount of anti-Israeli/ Jewish sentiment stemming from the Israeli persecution of Palestinians (another form of racism). In India there is heated conflict between people of different castes (people of the lower castes are usually darker skinned because they function as laborers) as well as between Hindus and Muslims. In China there is a intense government sanctioned prejudice towards both the Tibetans and the Taiwanese (both groups want political autonomy from Beijing). Latin American countries also tend to glorify lighter peoples of European stock over those of native and black ancestry as evidenced by the elite and media in these countries. In Zimbabwe there is animosity towards white farmers due to the native population’s lack of land ownership and poverty.

In comparison to many of countries around the world, the US is actually far ahead in terms of race relations.  Though sometimes our commitment to upholding a supposedly equal society falters, it is better than having little or none at all.

 

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Written by zsayed

November 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I agree that there is a lot of racism around the world and i recognize the fact that we are further ahead in race relations than some countries are. However, I believe that we cannot let that hold us back or slow down our efforts to bring about equality. Despite what other countries’ standards are, we know what we believe and we should continue to push for that.

    kellerae

    November 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm

  2. I completely agree with the above statement. While it is important for us to recognize that various forms of racism persist in countries other than the United States, we cannot deny its existence here. With that being said, we must continue to try and address and dismantle the racism that is pervasive in our own society.

    carlyeg

    November 17, 2009 at 2:40 am


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