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Racism. How might Christians react to racism?

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GCSE R.E Coursework Part A Racism Dictionary definitions or racism * The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. * Discrimination or prejudice based on race. * The belief that people's qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as the members of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races: Racism can be observed in many different ways. The band for how these forms can be observed is very wide. It can range from name calling by different races, for example people of Asian origin are often called 'paki's' and people with Chinese or Japanese appearance may be called 'chinks'. The most common form of mild racism are white people feeling that they are 'better' than a black person and consequently call them a 'nigger'. Many white people refer to other races as co loured people, This can be seen as very racist because the other races tend to think the following; why are white people so superior they call us coloured? Aren't we all a different colour, so why aren't they referred to as coloured people too? Christian Teaching on racism The Bible says that racism is wrong and therefore Christians believe that racism is wrong in any case. The Church also teaches this theory throughout. As well as obeying the 10 commandments a good Christian must also be no part of racial prejudice, no matter how much you dislike the person in question or their race. The church teachings depict the same things as those that are shown in the bible. Many black priests are now seen and there is no obvious racial prejudice against them. The first sign of this is in the first story of the bible, Adam and Eve; Christians are not to be racist. ...read more.

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The FBI investigated the crime, but many believed them partially of fully responsible for the assassination. A man was arrested, but many people, including some of Martin Luther King Jr.'s own family, believe he was innocent. When Martin Luther King emerged as the leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, he began a long tenure as the spokesperson for nonviolent protest in the Civil Rights Movement. As a Baptist minister, he was a moral leader to the community. Plus, he was charismatic and had a powerful way of speaking. He was also a man of vision and determination. He never stopped dreaming of what could be. Archbishop Trevor Huddleston has been interested in human rights since a young age. Born in 1913 his father was a member of the Indian navy, Where they lived they were often approached by poor black immigrants or the homeless. Huddleston's father often ignored these people while a young Huddleston always looked on and thought it was wrong. Once his father retired Huddleston went to a very strict Christian Boarding school where religion was a big part of everyday life. Because it was a church school, religion was very dominant. After making his way up through the school hierarchy and attending oxford Huddleston began to become interested in politics. Bishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. His father was a teacher, and he himself was educated at Johannesburg Bantu High School. The young Tutu is raised in an atmosphere of tolerance and sympathy where, he later says, "I never learnt to hate". When Tutu is 12 his family moves to Johannesburg. Although he had planned to become a physician, his parents could not afford to send him to medical school. Tutu's father was a teacher, he himself trained as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College, and graduated from the University of South Africa in 1954. ...read more.

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But now I tell you do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If someone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too." What this means is, if someone hurts once, do not respond in a violent manner, turn the other cheek and let them do it again. It shows that Jesus was against violence. But who in modern day society would turn the other cheek if their own friend was being beaten on the street by racist thugs? Many people feel they need violence to show them racism is unfair. Racism is something very personal to people as it shows what they believe in From my own personal views I feel that in this situation the use of violence is justifiable. But in the general public the idea of violence is not acceptable, no matter how extreme the case of racism may be. We have seen from previous examples in history of ethnic cleansing (such as those in the Holocaust) but using violence as a response can make the situation worse as said previously. Racism can bring about feelings of anger thus resulting in violence, which is in violation of Jesus' teachings. The bible is where Christians base their beliefs and where they draw their conclusions to certain situations in life and how to deal with them. The bible has been written by the disciples Jesus and Jesus was the son of God, so every Christian must live their life according to the teachings of the bible. The bible teaches that everyone must Love thy neighbour, and that the only time to use violence is during times of war. Violence does not solve anything, and even though racism is wrong, violence is just as wrong. Gandhi and Martin Luther King are people in the past who have achieved a lot to cancel out racism without turning to violence. Although it took them longer to achieve it, in the end less people were hurt so violence does not pay off. ?? ?? ?? ?? Julia Ashdown 11E Webster Girls 1 ...read more.

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