The Ideology of Racism: My understanding

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The Ideology of Racism: My understanding

Definition of racism

  • the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races: theories of racism (Online, 2012).                  

The ideology of racism is a fascinating area, we shall explore the profound impact racism has had in shaping the characteristics of inequality  as demonstrated in all contemporary western societies (Thompson, 2003).

H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie  declared peace unattainable while the ideology of racism is in application. Speaking to the United Nations he reminded world leaders of his previous warnings to the league of nations in 1936 when he applied for support as his nation was under attack. He warned that if the league of nations did not acknowledge his nations plight, the rest of the world would also suffer. The events which followed Mussolini's attempted invasion of Ethiopia culminated in world war 2. "Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: Until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; Until the colour of a man's skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes... (Selassie, 1963)

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African History has been suppressed, purposely missing out many great achievements and the positive influence on civilization holistically. It is common knowledge among many scholars that Africa is the cradle of civilization developing the first libraries, hospitals and universities, yet this information is not commonly disseminated through society. There is a perpetuated, racially motivated inferiority complex particularly upon those with African heritage. These misrepresentations of history are the building blocks for racism as an ideology which was used to justify enslaving a race and murdering over a Billion people during the 400 years of trading. (Hidden Colors, 2011). Even in contemporary ...

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