why is racism a social justice issue
1. and what are the main influences reflecting racism? Racism is when you make someone else feel excluded from their community or society. This exclusion is usually created when minorities are represented as foreign and therefore different. Also racism is being discriminatory or having abusive behaviour towards members of another race. Being racist can have a big effect on someone else. Racism reflects the beliefs of people who believe that a particular race is superior or inferior then another. It is the prejudice act towards members of one race who are superior to other races. It reflects someones social beliefs and moral beliefs. It is the belief based on racism. Racism is mainly the feeling of feeling superior of inferior. Many racist people claim that their race is the better race and that they are superior then others. Racism also means that different races should be separated from other races. Racism is influenced by many issues. This may include historical, social, political or even economic influences. It takes diverse forms in diverse contexts and as a result, it has been identified in many different ways. Many people are racist because they think they are superior or better than the race that they are racist against. 2. exists in our society? There are many evils of racism that exists in our society today. Racism disempowers people by devaluing their identity. It also destroys the community and creates separation in the society.
It is the opposite of equality where the rights of all people are to be treated fairly and equal. Racism excludes people form their society and makes people feel valueless and different from the rest of the people in there society. This relates back to Jesus teachings, when he taught us that we were all equal and to treat everyone equally. Jesus didnt teach use to single people out but to welcome people into our society or community. In some cases, racism can exclude people from their everyday lifes and it can make a big impact on someones life. It makes people feel devalued and unworthy. God did not teach us to be racist but to love another as he loved us and treat everyone fairly. 3. What do you believe are racist attitudes and beliefs? List some of these racist attitudes and beliefs. Racist attitudes and beliefs are misunderstandings about particular people on their race. These beliefs may be reinforced because people see other people different and is often a reflection of their values. These expressions are expressions of racist behaviours in actions of individuals. This behaviour involves unequalness in relationships. These racist attitudes may be assumptions of people. The bible teaches us that racism is against the teachings of Jesus Christ. Some examples of racist attitudes and beliefs include ridicule, racist abuse, racial harassment, racist advertising, racial criticism and physical abuse.
It may also include practises that exclude members of particular groups from aspects of their own society. Making people feel disgraceful or not good enough is also another way people can show their racist attitudes and beliefs. 4. What did God teach us about loving one another and forgiving one another? God taught us to love one another as he loved us. He taught us that all human beings are created in his image and likeness of god. God taught us that if we were a victim of racism, prejudice or discrimination, that you need to forgive. He taught us to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgive each other; just as in Christ God forgave you. We all have Gods spirit within us and should respond to tough situations as God would have responded. Forgiving and loving one another can be difficult when you have been a victim of racism or you have been involved in racism. If we follow in gods footsteps and take into practise Gods teachings we can easily forgive and love another. God also taught us to love one another, as he has loved us, so we must love one another. This means that regardless of your nationality or race, we should all like every one as God did. If God didnt show racist values then Christians should not show this too.
So one of the reasons I decided to start writing up this social justice 101 series is because of the word racism.
In the dictionary, racism is defined as Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief. However within social justice and sociological circles it is understood that that is not really how racism works, and that racism is a much more insidious and deep-rooted thing than that. What many people term racism (or reverse-racism) is extremely different from the sociological concept of racism, or what minorities experience as racism. Calling them by the same name is demeaning to the experience that minorities have of real racism. What most people term racism, and what the definition above provides could better be called prejudice or discrimination. Racism as minorities experience it and as it is understood in most social justice circles is a. When we use racism as a term in social justice conversations, it is impossible to be racist against white people (at least in the US). Racism as minorities experience it is the lack of privilege that every minority person has by dint of being a minority. White people as a whole are born into this world with privileges: they are considered more trustworthy, they are far more likely to have connections and money, they are more likely to be born into a better neighborhood, teachers treat them differently, they are not affected by, and their families have not had to struggle to get out of the poverty caused by slavery.
Racism is all of those entrenched things that make it easier for whites than for anyone other race in our society. These include overt bias and prejudice. But these also include things like the prejudice against, things like the fact that neighborhoods that are primarily black quickly lose funding for schools, things like the fact that tests and measurements of success are often subtly biased against people of color, things like the disproportionate number of people of color in prison or the unequal treatment of people of color at the hands of law enforcement, things like the differences in health care access or diagnosis between people of color and white people, things like the expectation of black bodies to be public property, things like accusing hip hop of being sexist but ignoring sexism in predominantly white music all of these things are things that white individuals will never experience in the same way. These same arguments are relevant to terms like sexism, homophobia, cissexism, mental health stigma, ableism any of those terms. Each of these is a systematic oppression and until the oppressed have enough power to systematically oppress the other group, the terms will never make sense the other way around. For a more in-depth explanation see here:б (taikonenfea. wordpress. com)
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