There are 6,876,198,783 people of different
skin tones, beliefs and cultures that reside on our planet .
The diversity of color, religion and culture on Earth should be the catalyst for
mutual enrichment and growth.
Racism is a product of fear and ignorance.
The world is richer for the mixture of different types of people.
Racism is the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive
biological entities called "races," that there is a causal link between
inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and
other cultural behavioral features, and that some races are innately superior to
Racism, to varying degrees and in various forms, infects virtually every country
of the world.
Beliefs in the innate differences between “us” and “them” have been invoked to
justify one group’s domination, exclusion, enslavement, or elimination of
There is only one Race-The Human Race we all have the same DNA(99.9%) the .1%
makes us unique individuals.
Racism is illogical.
Xenophobia denotes a phobic attitude toward strangers or of the unknown. It
comes from the Greek words xenos, meaning "foreigner," "stranger," and phobos,
meaning "fear." The term is typically used to describe fear or dislike of
foreigners or in general of people different from one's self. For example,
racism is sometimes described as a form of xenophobia, but in most cases racism
has nothing to do with a real phobia.
Types of Racism
Scientific racism refers to the use of science to justify and support
racist beliefs. The use of science to justify racist beliefs goes back at least
to the early 18th century, though it gained most of its influence in the
Some in the scientific community at that time, believed that there were inherent
biological differences in the mental capacities of different races.
Individual and Structural
Examples of individual racism include an employer not hiring a person, failing
to promote or giving harsher duties or imposing harsher working conditions, or
firing, someone, in whole or in part due to his race.
Two examples of structural racism are apartheid in South Africa, and the system
of Jim Crow laws in the United States of America.
Anti-Semitism is a specific case of racism targeting Jewish people
Prejudice is a baseless and usually negative attitude toward members of a group.
Common features of prejudice include negative feelings, stereotyped beliefs, and
a tendency to discriminate against members of the group.
refers to what people believe to be true: for example, in adherence to a
particular metaphysical or methodological philosophy at the expense of other
philosophies which may offer a more complete theoretical explanation.
refers to what people like and dislike: for example, in attitudes toward
members of particular classes such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or
refers to how people are inclined to behave. It is regarded as an attitude
because people do not act on their feelings. An example of conative prejudice
may be found in expressions of what should be done if the opportunity presents
These three types of prejudice
are correlated, but all need not be present in a particular individual. Someone
may believe that a particular group possesses low levels of intelligence, but
harbor no ill feeling towards that group. A group may be disliked because of
intense competition for jobs, but still recognize no differences between groups.
"Discrimination" is a behavior
(an action), with reference to unequal treatment of people because they are
members of a particular group.
Personal / Individual
directed toward a specific individual and refers to any act that leads to
unequal treatment because of the individual's real or perceived group
refers to "unequal treatment, on the grounds of group membership, that is
upheld by law." Apartheid is an example of legal discrimination, as are also
various post-Civil war laws in the southern United States that legally
disadvantaged african americans with respect to property rights, employment
rights and the exercise of constitutional rights.
to unequal treatment that is entrenched in basic social institutions resulting
in advantaging one group over another. The Indian caste system is a historical
example of institutional discrimination.
Extermination of People
By conservative estimates, the Native American population of the United
states prior to European contact was greater than 12 million. According to 2003
United States Census Bureau estimates, a little over one third of the 2,786,652
Native Americans in the United States live in three states: California at
413,382, Arizona at 294,137 and Oklahoma at 279,559.
There are 560 American Indian tribes that have tribal governments that are
recognized by the United States in a government to government relationship. The
United States has failed to fulfill the terms of over 300 treaties agreed to
with Native Americans. There are also approximately 314 federal Indian
reservations in the United States.
In World War II Nazi led Germany killed an estimated 6 million Jewish
In the bloody civil war in The Congo over 2.5 million people died.
The 1960's a Time of Change In America
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was landmark legislation
in the United States which outlawed discrimination based on race, color,
religion, sex, or national origin. The Act transformed American society. It
prohibited discrimination in public facilities, in government, and in
employment. The "Jim Crow" laws in the South were abolished, and it became
illegal to compel segregation of the 'races' in schools, housing, or hiring.
Enforcement powers were initially weak, but they grew over the years, and later
programs (such as affirmative action) were made possible by the Act.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was the catalyst for many nonviolent protests in the
1960's which led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This signified
a change in the social acceptance of legislative racism in America and a
profound increase in the number of opportunities available for people of color
in the United States.
On August 23, 1963, a crowd of more than 250,000 people gathered in Washington,
D.C. and marched to the Capitol Building to support the passing of laws that
guaranteed every American equal civil rights. Martin Luther King was at the
front of the "March on Washington." On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial* that
day, Dr. King delivered a speech that was later entitled "I Have a Dream." The
March was one of the largest gatherings of black and white people that the
nation's capital had ever seen... and no violence occurred.
In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while he was leading a
workers' strike in Memphis, Tennessee. White people and black people who had
worked so hard for peace and civil rights were shocked and angry. The world
grieved the loss of this man of peace.
On Monday, January 20, 1986, in cities and towns across the country people
celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, the only federal holiday
commemorating an African-American.
"Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" is a 1968 recording by James Brown.
It is notable both as one of Brown's signature songs and one of the most popular
"black power" anthems of the 1960s. In the song, Brown addresses the prejudice
towards blacks in America, and the need for black empowerment. He proclaims that
"we done made us a chance to do for ourself/we're tired of beating our head
against the wall/workin' for someone else".
Sly and The Family Stone
Sly and The Family Stone, a multi racial group, unheard of for the times,
recorded a landmark 1969 song about acceptance, "Everyday People". The band
exemplified racial harmony, ethnic diversity and a voice for women in its
Sometimes I'm right and I can be wrong My own beliefs are in my song The
butcher, the banker, the drummer and then Makes no difference what group I'm in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah
There is a blue one who can't accept the green one For living with a fat one
trying to be a skinny one And different strokes for different folks And so on
and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee Oh sha sha - we got to live together I am no
better and neither are you We are the same whatever we do You love me you hate
me you know me and then You can't figure out the bag l'm in I am everyday
people, yeah yeah
There is a long hair that doesn't like the short hair For bein' such a rich one
that will not help the poor one And different strokes for different folks And so
on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee Oh sha sha-we got to live together
There is a yellow one that won't accept the black one That won't accept the red
one that won't accept the white one And different strokes for different folks.
"I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong-No, I am not going 10,000 miles to
help murder kill and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of
white slavemasters over dark people the world over. This is the day and age when
such evil injustice must come to an end." —Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942) AKA "The
In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated. He
won the World Heavyweight Boxing championship three times, and won the North
American Boxing Federation championship as well as an Olympic gold medal.
On August 23, 1966, Muhammad applied with the Selective Service for
conscientious objector status on religious grounds (as a minister with the
Nation of Islam). In what became an extensive legal, political, professional,
and personal battle, Ali was convicted of draft evasion, stripped of his boxing
title, and became a lightning rod — and a voice — for opinions on the Vietnam
War. Muhammad Ali's willingness to speak out against racism in the United
States, and the affect it had on domestic and foreign policy, earned him many
supporters and detractors.
During the time Muhammad Ali was unable to box he gave speeches on college
campuses against the Vietnam War and racism .
In 1971, nearly five years after it began, Ali's legal battle finally
culminated with a unanimous decision (8-0 with Thurgood Marshall abstaining) by
the United States Supreme Court overturning his draft conviction.
Muhammad Ali transcended the sports world and became a man known globally as an
activist and a positive citizen of the world. He did not care about money he
cared about his beliefs and values.
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, there will be no other like Ali."
John Carlos and Tommie Smith
Black Power was a political movement, most prominent in the late 1960s and early
1970s, that strove to express a new racial consciousness among blacks in the
United States. More generally, the term refers to a conscious choice on the part
of blacks to nurture and promote their collective interests, advance their own
values, and secure their own well-being and some measure of autonomy, rather
than permit others to shape their futures and agendas.
In 1968 at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico two American track and field
runners, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, made a stand against racism in the
United States and the oppression of people worldwide.
Smith and Carlos were both competitors in the 200-meter race. Smith won the gold
with the time of 19.5 seconds and Carlos won the bronze. At the medal ceremony,
Smith and Carlos stood on the platform wearing black socks without shoes, they
both wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge, and Smith wore a black
scarf around his neck. As the American flag was raised and the National Anthem
was played, Smith and Carlos bowed their heads and each raised a gloved fist in
the black power salute. Because of their actions, the Olympic Committee barred
them from competing in other events. John Carlos and Tommie Smith are true
"If Man is to survive, he will have learned to take delight in the essential
difference between people and cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas
and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to
fear." -Gene Roddenberry
In an episode of the Science Fiction TV series Star Trek "Let That Be Your Last
Battlefield( 1969). Bele (played by Frank Gorshin) and Lokai (played by
Lou Antonio), alien humanoids from the planet Cheron, are mortal enemies. Their
hatred for each other leaves Captain Kirk(William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard
Bele and Lokai, after all, look the same. Each is black on one side and white on
the other. What reason, Kirk asks, could they have to hate each other? An
indignant Bele snarls: "Are you blind? We're nothing alike! I'm black on my
right side and white on my left side. He's white on his right side and black on
his left side!" When the Starship Enterprise arrives at Cheron, they discover a
lifeless planet, annihilated by racial armageddon. Bele and Lokai however have
learned nothing. They beam down to Cheron, fighting each other to the death.
The entire conflict on the episode was written to show that racism was
ridiculous and pointless
In the 1980's rap artists like Public Enemy ,NWA and X-Clan produced a more
explicitly political and cultural analysis of United States without compromising
the basic hip-hop aspects of their raps.
Their songs brought home the reality of what it is like to live in poverty and
the prejudice and oppression that is attached with the condition. They produced
a sound that was called gangsta-rap songs of resolution, rebellion and justice
finding audiences the world over.
Chuck D (Carlton Douglas
Ridenhour) — leader, producer, lyricist, main vocalist, and artwork
Professor Griff (Richard
Griffin) head of S1W, liaison between PE and S1W, road manager. Occasional
vocalist and producer, plays drums at live shows
DJ Lord (Lord Aswod) — DJ,
Terminator X (Norman Rogers) —
DJ, producer (former member)
DJ Johnny Juice (John Rosado)
Studio DJ, Producer
Chuck D. The Public Enemy frontman grew up listening to protest music, and later
used it as inspiration for his own work. "'Fight the Power' by the Isley
Brothers was the song that inspired me to write 'Fight the Power' by Public
Enemy," he says. "But, being a child of the Sixties, there's so many great
protest songs. 'People Get Ready' and a lot of Curtis Mayfield's songs touched
my soul. James Brown had a protest song against drugs with 'King Heroin,' and
Peter, Paul and Mary struck me as a kindergartener. How could those songs not
mean so much?"
In 1988, Public Enemy released It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,
which focused on politics, corporate control, structural racism and police
Religion and Racism
Islam has always accepted
converts, or what it regards as "reverts", from all ethnic and racial groups,
and condemned any ideas which would keep any group of people from joining
together in brotherhood and submission to God on the basis of ethnic or racial
Although Judaism teaches that
Jews are God's chosen people, most Jews think it is a distortion to present
this as some sort of doctrine of racial superiority. The Jewish belief is not
that they are superior to other groups, but that they have been chosen by God
for a special spiritual task.
Buddhists believe in the
peaceful coexistence of all humans
The basic religious philosophy
of Hinduism states that all Life forms (not just Humans) as having soul and
are a part of the Supreme being. Hindus believe that the all religions worship
the same GOD, the difference is only the way you do it.
Most Christian religious figures today reject racism.
"Hurt not others in "As you wish that men
that you yourself would would do to you, do so
find hurtful." to them."
--Udana-Varga 5:18 --Luke 6:31
"Do not unto others "Do naught unto others
what you would not have which would cause you
them do unto you." pain if done to you."
--Analects 15:23 --Mahabharata 5:1517
"No one of you is a "That which is hateful
believer until he desires unto you, do not impose
for his brother that which on others."
he desires for himself." --Talmud, Shabbat 31a
Civil Rights in America and Europe are bound to human rights in the rest of the
world. The right to live like a human. But these thoughts are expensive, they
are going to cost us. Are we ready to pay the price? Is America still a great
idea as well as a great country? When I was a kid in Dublin, I watched in awe as
America put a man on the moon and I thought, wow this is mad! Nothing is
impossible in America! America - they can do anything over there! Is that still
true? Tell me it s true. It is true isn't it? And if it isn't, you of all people
can make it true again.-Bono
Every human being alive today belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata,
Class Mammalia, Order Primata, Family Hominidae, Genus Homo, Species Sapiens.
Every human being alive today is a member of the same species. That species is
Homo sapiens. There is no other hominid species to which one can belong.
"What is race? It is
a biologically meaningless category. It is a cultural term that Americans use to
describe what a person's ancestry is. But biologically the human species does
not have categories. It just has variations as one travels around the world.'' -- Jefferson Fish, psychologist, St. John's University, New York
we're all cousins separated by, at most, a couple of thousand generations. So
the next time you're sitting in traffic... try to remember that the driver in
front is one of the family." -- Spencer Wells, Population Geneticist
The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas' vision is that of a socially conscious Hip Hop Group.
In one of their top hits they put across the simple statement-
"if you only got love for your own ways then you only leave space to
discriminate and to discriminate only generates hate and when you hate, then
you're bound to get irate madness is what you demonstrate". They pose the
question-Where is The love?
Racism still exists in The United States and Worldwide-
Racism unfortunately, is all too real, because racism lingers in the hearts of
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
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