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Nature or Nurture, which affects Racism more?

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Nature or Nurture, which affects Racism more? Sectors of society grow up in various cultures. What they experience and the manner in which they are nurtured determines how they behave and think. For example the actions of the controversial goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who had been involved in a long running barney with Tottenham Hotspur fans about a clash between himself and their striker Jurgen Klinsmann. He repaid the Spurs taunts with a Nazi salute. Football associations realised that spurs is historically associated with Jewish supporters; and British tabloids even took a step further, hinting that Bosnich's Croatian roots might explain his alleged fascism. The Jewish community would see this as a serious matter whereas Bosnich himself was bemused. He explained he was impersonating the TV sitcom character Basil Fawlty; hence stating his nature had only humorous intensions. ...read more.

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The reign of Hitler demonstrates racism and discrimination to Jews because of the balance of the economy concerning the so-called 'pure Germans.' This exhibits how the nature and nurture (propaganda) of the Nazis can causes mayhem when a countryman sees the exploitation of his country's market by ethnic groups. These kinds of events are portrayed in a Hollywood movie called 'American History X.' In this movie members of society viewed their environment carefully realising ethnic groups were taking the fruits of their country. This psychologically enhanced their brains, thus their behaviour towards ethnic groups. They display their behaviour when they brake into and trash a Korean supermarket, terrorising anyone who is not white-skinned; hence making this a racial issue. Here the colour of ones skin helps explain why the racist attacks took place. Hence I think what defines racism? ...read more.

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However we should note the people who have been discriminated against, actually like to see themselves members of a distinct 'race.' So even though race is not real, the fact people treat race as a real thing shows that it is real; For the time being at least, a social fact, even if its not a biological one. An aspect of human society that has been shown to be of important difference between groups of people is the difference in language, religion, dress, eating habits, etc. These sometimes correspond to one's geographical location in the world. For example people from South Africa may share some inherited black hair, but may also share certain language in common, eat similar food or belong to the same religion. Nature and nurture coincide when they affect racism. This is because society's nurture i.e. what they visualise and hear about, is due to the difference in genetic make up which is the nature of one. ...read more.

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