UNDERSTANDING RACISM


Introduction to Racism

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary racism is defined as “a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” This definition, in its simplest form, means that racism is how we view someone that looks and acts differently than our own selves, and how we determine their worth in society.

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Get a Deeper Understanding

Racism in the United States is a deep-rooted understanding that is directed towards the violence, and discrimination directed at minority groups. These minority groups face challenges that are simple for others to obtain and access. Some of these challenges include education, housing, and work that affect how minority groups are able to perform and live comfortably in society. Racism can take many forms in how it is put forth into the world. This can be unintentional and go unnoticed by many and include words, jokes, gestures, music, and overall physical and verbal abuse towards a minority group. The thought that one group is superior based on their skin color is how racism is easily understood by those who may not recognize it as much as they should. Racism is not going to go away on its own. It takes the power of people being more open minded and aware of how we categorize and envision certain groups.

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Take an Even Closer Look

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