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The slave trade has no relevance in Britain today' It is difficult to agree with this statement, Britain hold a wide variety of race and for them and their ancestor's slavery was only yesterday

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Access to Social Work ID = 40008436 'The slave trade has no relevance in Britain today' It is difficult to agree with this statement, Britain hold a wide variety of race and for them and their ancestor's slavery was only yesterday however For the British slavery is seen as being their history. Within this essay I will explain the differences between race and racism, I will also include the history of the slave trade and how it came about. The term race in a sociologist's point of view refers to the physical characteristics that are inherited and unchanging between others including their hair type, skin colour. Ethnicity stands for the membership of a distinct group of people possessing their own culture; this would include the Jews, Germans and Gypsies all of which have their own common language and cultural tradition. (O-Donnell 1992) Racism refers to the prejudice and discriminating practice of others based on the view of a persons cultural difference and supposed biological inferiority these include their skin colour, gender, and age (physical features) its a complex set of beliefs that some human beings are seen to be inferior to others in certain important ways; usually having to do with the capacity to create ideological ideas about a culture. ...read more.


Human trafficking and slavery is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. So serious is the problem that the United Nations has made 2004 an anti-slavery year. In West Africa, children are trafficked between countries, often sold by their own parents, to be used as servants in the houses of richer people and on agricultural plantations. In some countries like Mauritania and Niger, people are born into a class where they are viewed and treated as only being suitable for slave labour. (O-Donnell 1992) In many states racism went beyond mere segregation; in the Deep South negroes were commonly murdered, out of simple malice, and the killers whom were 'white' were allowed to go free without arrest, trial or penalty. Indeed, in some cases the culprits actually boasted of what they had done and were more popular as a result. (Haralambos and Holborn 2004) This discrimination required the support of a legal system, for if blacks were to be excluded from certain places and opportunities it was necessary to have a definition of a Negro, they were allocated separate parks and beaches and inferior facilities; on public transport and restaurants they were forced to sit apart from 'whites' and their children were only to attend segregated schools. ...read more.


(O-Donnell 1992) Slavery itself was finally abolished in Great Britain in 1833, though not after much resistance from certain parts of the British Empire. For much of the rest of the 1800s, British and American ships operated their anti-slavery patrols, gradually crushing the African slave trade. It was a mostly British effort; in one ten-year period the British captured or sank 554 ships as against 24 by the Americans. Today, the slave trade still goes on in some countries. (O-Donnell 1992) Sometimes "whites" are used as slaves; sometimes "blacks", it is a question of power. So as I said I disagree with the statement 'the slave trade has no relevance in Britain today' due to the fact that it still very clearly carries on today, its just named differently, however still going just as strong as it did then if not more so. Slavery still exists in its various forms. Employers can work their people to death on ridiculously low wages, often in unsafe working conditions. They strip the workers of their liberties by trying to tell them how to live without providing shelter, food, clothes or medical care. Slavery still exists, because some people always have and always will feel superior to others and feel entitled to "own" others. ...read more.

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