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Describe Christian Views on Racism and write about the life and work of someone who fought against it

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Religion and Racism By Samir Khan Describe Christian Views on Racism and write about the life and work of someone who fought against it Race is the one of the most significantly fundamental issues facing the world today. Socially and politically, race has become an important concept. Everyone interprets racism in their own unique way. Things that some people see as racist, others can see as reasonable or not offensive. We usually use the word race to mean, skin colour, ancestry and culture. It is something that has developed mainly in our different cultures. We are all homo-sapiens, man, without any subdivisions. People find it hard to understand that there is just one human race, merely because people look different. One of the biggest justifications for racial discrimination in modern times is the belief that people groups have evolved separately. Therefore, the other person may not be as fully human as you. This was the kind of thinking that inspired Hitler in his quest to eliminate Jews and Gypsies and to establish the 'master race'. Throughout the world, racism has survived through to this day. Even though it has arguably become less of a problem, it has left behind a trail of bloodshed, carnage, and rioting. Racial discrimination and racial exploitation are totally at variance with Christianity. ...read more.

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It is said that he was man of great fulfilled ambition. To this day, King remains a controversial symbol of the African American civil rights struggle, remembered by many for his martyrdom on behalf of nonviolence and condemned by others for his militancy and insurgent views. It was at Boston University that he had become interested in the works of Mahatma Gandhi. While there, he also met Coretta Scott of Marion, Alabama. They were married in June 1953, and the following year King accepted an appointment as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. One of the things that King was so famous for was the fact that everything he did towards his struggle never, not even once, involve violence of any kind. This core of his philosophy was something that he had learnt from Mahatma Gandhi, something for which he had inspired him and made him admire the man. Even though Gandhi was not actually a Christian, he had a long lasting fascination with the teachings of the Bible and Jesus. King's civil rights activities began with a protest of Montgomery's segregated bus system in 1955. That year, a black passenger named Rosa Parks was arrested for disobeying a city law requiring that blacks give up their seats on buses when white people wanted to sit in their seats or in the same row. ...read more.

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I myself have been a victim of racial discrimination because of my skin colour and Indian Heritage. Although it has never become physical, their words in Essence would have had the same effect. Terms such as 'paki' and 'nigger' remarkably still exist in our 'civilized' society. However, on the positive side these words have started to lose their meaning, and have started to be used with more mutual thought. Racism is a problem which will eventually fade, but I do not believe that it will completely go away. When people hear the word racism, they immediately think of Whites discriminating Blacks, but there is more to it than that. Indians and Pakistanis are known to be very hostile against each other because of their religious beliefs, which is a form of racism. The only way to tell an Indian from a Pakistani is to refer to their religion as the colour of skin is the same. So it is apparent that racism today exists in many forms. Even now when people from different races meet, there is always a sense that everything is not as acquiesce as it would be if everyone was of the same race. I think it is perfectly understandable that people will undoubtedly feel slightly uncomfortable with people from other cultures and races, but I do not think that anything can justify any form of racism. People cannot be judged by the colour of their skin or ethnic backgrounds, but they should be judged on their personality, character and dignity. ...read more.

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