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Racism - a christian perspective.

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R.E Coursework Racism - Section A i) Racism has been and still is one of the biggest problems in the world. Due to racism, prejudice and discrimination which are often linked with racism, millions of people have had their lives ruined if not ended. Most of the people in the world today would like to see the end of racism, prejudice and discrimination. The 'Oxford Study Dictionary' describes racism as: 1. "Belief in the superiority of a particular race." 2. "Antagonism towards people of other races." When racism is put into practice and someone makes an unfair difference in the treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of religion, race or sex it is called 'discrimination.' Prejudice is when someone has a predetermined belief about someone of a different religion, race or sex that is not based on reason or an actual experience. It is also when someone displays unjust behaviour towards the individual or group of people because of their predetermined belief. Unfortunately there have been a lot of racism in the past, and it is still very present in today's world. A very large scale of racism occurred in World War II. Hitler, the German dictator, was filled with hatred for the Jewish people. During the course of the war, at least six million Jews were brutally murdered by Hitler and his army. A more recent example of racism is the Stephen Lawrence murder. This was when in London a black teenager named Stephen Lawrence was brutally murdered by five or six white youths, because he was black. The racist youths stabbed Stephen in his chest. Stephen was taken to hospital but by the time he got there, he was sadly dead. ii) When discussing racism and other things, the teachings that Christians use are from the Bible, the holy book of Christianity. There are two known sections of the Bible, the Old Testament and the New Testament. ...read more.


He became a doctor of theology and in 1954 a Baptist minister in Montgomery, Alabama. He became the man that led what was known as the Civil Rights movement, which used non violent methods to accomplish its goal of finding equality for black people in America. Not all blacks agreed with his non violent and peaceful approach. The Black Power movement which was led by Malcolm X believed that the only way in which equality would be achieved was by using violence. Martin Luther King remained campaigning for equality for black people in America until he was assassinated in 1968. His leadership for the Civil Rights movement was essential to the movements success in providing equality for black people in parts of the U.S.A. Martin Luther King became famous for his movement for peace, and is still widely remembered today for what he achieved using non violence. Martin Luther King believed in equality, this was one of his main beliefs. He wanted black people to have the same rights as white people. One of the most well known events that took place in order to gain the same rights for black people was the 'bus boycott.' In Montgomery black people could only sit at the back of the buses, the bus system was so racist that even the old had to give up their seat if a white person asked them to. On 1 December 1955, a tired black woman called Mrs. Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white person. For this 'offence' the woman was arrested. Martin Luther King then organized a 'bus boycott,' this meant that black people refused to use buses unless they were desegregated. A year later in 1956 the government passed a law making it illegal to segregate people on buses. This movement became known as the Civil Rights movement and in 1960 Martin Luther King became its leader. ...read more.


These humans include people who are disabled and people who have learning difficulties. Although they are equal in value and worth as any one of us, it is only fair that these people get more help because they find things harder to do than us 'normal' people. Fair treatment is not the same as equal treatment because the fair treatment for a disabled person is to give them more help, but this is not equal treatment because they are getting more help than others. Another reason in which I disagree with the statement is that I believe that certain types of people lose their right to equal treatment. These types of people are criminals, and generally bad people who commit a lot of sins. These people are equal, but their actions mean that they should be treated differently to the rest of us. These people do bad things and should be punished for their bad deeds, for example they can be put in a prison. This is different treatment but in this case it is ok because these people have to pay for what they have done. There are people who will disagree with the statement. Reasons why they might disagree might be the same as the reasons why I disagree with some of the statement. These reasons have been discussed above. Another reason why people may disagree with the statement is they might say that we may be equal, but we are not the same so we should be treated differently because we all have individual needs. A Christian would have the same view as me because I believe in all the Christian teachings that affect whether they agree or disagree with the statement. This means that Christians would mainly agree with the statement that "Everybody should be treated the same." However, I believe that Christians would also disagree with the statement in the ways in which I disagree with it. These reasons include treating disabled people and criminals differently, by giving more help to disabled people and punishing criminals. (Done in more detail before.) 1 ...read more.

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