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Racism is a crime for which people who commit it should be punished. Discuss

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Racism is a crime for which people who commit it should be punished. Discuss. Racism is a very real part of modern society, but should it be punished? Should people all over the world accept those individuals who discriminate against others just because of their skin colour? In this essay I will determine whether being racist is a crime or not and whether racism should be classed as an offence that deserves punishment. Racial abuse is now commonplace in many towns and cities throughout the world. Starting in the days of Martin Luther-King who fought for the rights of the black Americans, who were being persecuted in the United States during the 60's and 70's. There has also has been the tragic cases of Stephen Lawrence and more recently, Damilola Taylor. A young boy who was brutally murdered, just because he was black. His killer didn't even know Damilola's name. Even today, we hear of the racial conflict in Oldham, an area near Manchester where many different ethnic groups live in fear of another attack that might just be focused on their family or friends next time. ...read more.

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People who think it is deserve retribution. In other words, racism in many ways is much like sexism and age discrimination. Society find these unacceptable, they should also find racism a significant enough crime for a reasonable punishment. However, one of the most important human rights is freedom of speech. If we punished people for their thoughts, we would be punishing the whole world. Not being able to have your views is denial of your rights as a human being. This is even less acceptable than racism. You cannot forsake the rights of everyone just to change one problem. Also, there is a very fine line between what could be classed as racial discrimination and a joke taken the wrong way. I don't expect many people can identify that line. If a person is punished just because one day someone decides this time it wasn't meant as a joke, even if it was, this person is going to be punished. This is a complete miscarriage of justice and totally unfair to all individuals it affects. ...read more.

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It is nearly impossible to prove who is actually a racist and who definitely is not. In my mind, as long as an opinion is voiced correctly, with due consideration, it is fair to let people stick with their views. Bringing together the factors I have discussed, I have resolved that racism is a very complicated issue. It is very hard to justify who is racist and who has taken a joke too far. I have concluded that racism has quite a lot to do with respect, or lack of it, for others. Many racists are extremely ignorant and fail to realise that there are other religions and colours of skin other than their own, but this doesn't make a person bad or wrong. Freedom of speech is very important to all individuals, but it shouldn't be abused, as society has taken upon itself to do. Violence towards others however, is not a basic right. I don't believe that society should stand for thugs who decide it is okay to hit someone on the grounds of something as trivial as skin colour. This isn't socially, or morally, acceptable. Once society learns the values of mutual respect, racism and other mindless discrimination could finally be abolished. 1 ...read more.

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