A new study says that we all may be a bit more racist than we think we are.
Exactly what is racism?
The definition of racism may be subjective to many of us.
That is, we interpret it the way that we see it.
According to the ADL, people who have dealt with racism for a while,
“Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics. Racial separatism is the belief, most of the time based on racism, that different races should remain segregated and apart from one another.”
Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another — or the belief that another person is less than human — because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes
Stating it in simple terms, people with racist beliefs might hate certain groups of people according to their racial groups.
“This study, and a lot of research in social psychology, suggests that there are still really a lot of negative associations with blacks,” said Kerry Kawakami, associate professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, and lead author of the study. “People are willing to tolerate racism and not stand up against it.”
So, who is racist against who then?
Racism has existed forever. We all know that it is fueled by ignorance, looks, rumors, brainwashing, and more.
The Center for Healing of racism says that the “human race is essentially one and the racism is a learned behavior and it can be unlearned.”
Have you ever wondered if you are the least bit racist?
“[People] hate each other because they fear each other, and they fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they are often separated from each other.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King
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