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Religious Studies Coursework: Racism.

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Religious Studies Coursework: Racism. A) i) What is Racism? Racism is prejudice against people of another race or ethnic group. Prejudice means pre-judging: making up your mind about someone or something when you have not considered the facts or the evidence. Racism has been around for a very long time, one of the first times that it happened on a major scale was when the Jews moved to Egypt, but were put into slavery because the Egyptians thought of them as inferior because their skin colour and religious beliefs. People are, or can be racist due to three main points, the first is that they were brought up by parents who were racist, and they automatically adopted the views of them because that was all they knew as right. Secondly, when a person came into your land and you had never seen anyone like them before, people could be scared, because people fear what they do not understand. Finally, people who live in an area of poverty often need someone to blame, a famous case of this was in Germany, where food and money shortages were blamed on the Jews and this is one the reasons why they were targeted and killed. ...read more.

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Christian would treat immigrants in exactly the same way as they would treat someone native to their country. 'When an alien lives with you in your land, do not ill-treat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt.' (Leviticus 19: 33-34) To summarise, the Christian view on racism s that it is wrong and against the will of god B) How might Christians put their beliefs into action? If a Christian thinks that is wrong to be racist and therefore be prejudice and discriminate against other people, they might decide to put their views into action and there are many ways in which they can do this. First of all they could make absolutely certain that they are in no way racist or prejudice themselves, and make an effort, when maybe meeting new people, to avoid forming opinions of them before they got to know them properly. A Christian could also make it clear to other people that they are not racist and that they disapprove of things like racist jokes, as well as this the Christian could encourage other people to share their views against racism, ...read more.

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People, whatever race they are have to choice to decide where they live. They deserve to feel comfortable in their home even if it is not where the majority of their race lives. No one has the right to speak badly about another human because of the colour of their skin. They need violence to show them racism is unfair. Racism is something very personal to people as it shows what they believe in .Some people prefer to deal with it in a violent manner, and others prefer to deal with it in a more subtle way, for example a discussion. It is unfair to discriminate against people because of the colour of their skin. Everyone is born equal. I have come to the conclusion that this statement is wrong, due to its negative approach. 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. ...read more.

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