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What is racism?

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RE racism course work Part 1: i) what is racism? 1) The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. 2) Discrimination or prejudice based on race. (www.yourdictionary.com) 1) Belief that a particular race of people is better than others. 2) Hostility towards people of other races. (Oxford new school dictionary) Racism occurs when people become prejudice against people who look different to them because of the colour of their skin or have a different religion. Racism can be from holding and showing strong views against people through verbally abusing people right up physical abuse of people who to them may seem 'different' to them selves but actually are not. In modern society there is no excuse for racism, as every body knows that there is no difference between a black person and a white person except the colour of their skin. Christians are raised to know that racism wrong and in the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church disapprove of racism in any form. Racism is not something new it has been around for centuries. An example of this is in the 1700's when black Africans were sold to Americans as slaves. ...read more.

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Martin organised a 'bus boycott' which was a non violent protest about the Law that a black person had to give up their seat to a white person if the asked on a bus, the process involved not using on the buses and lasted for 382 days. After this a law was passed meaning that black and white people were able to travel equally on busses without separation. This was not the only law that Martian Luther King helped to make, in 1963 he led a march with 1/4 of a million people of both black and white, which was aimed at implementing a new civil rights law to help American black people. This shows that all his work of non-violent protests did work and help to change American society for the better. Another example of someone who is using non-violent protest to gain rights is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he was born in 1931 in south Africa and holds the position of honorary doctor in a number of leading universities in the USA, Britain and Germany. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has formulated his objective as 'a democratic and just society without racial divisions', and has set some points as minimum demands: 1) Equal civil rights for all 2) ...read more.

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This means that a Christian's response to racism is less likely to be a violent one because of this teaching in the bible. An ordinary person however if they were walking down the street and saw someone being physically racially abused might want to help and if they thought that they were strong enough might try to help the person being abused and using violence to stop more violence occurring. In this case violence may be an appropriate response to racism, if the person committing the abuse did not listen when asked to stop. In general I think it depends upon the law, if the law is anti-racist then you can use it to help you against racism. But if the law is racist then a peaceful protest may be enough to change peoples minds, this occurred in America where many laws were racist Martin Luther King using non-violent protest managed to change many of these. Over all I think that people are more likely to listen to you if you protest non-violently as it is more respect full and it is not against the law so you cannot be stopped unlike a violent protest which can be forcibly stopped by the law. So I do not feel that violence is an appropriate response to racism. Ben Battell ...read more.

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