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What is Racism?

Tricia Christensen
Updated Mar 06, 2024
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A race is a group of people that come from a common background, and that group is generally determined based on skin color. Commonly, but not always, people are categorized into one of five races: White, Black, Latino or Hispanic, Asian, and Indigenous or Native. Racism then, is the discrimination or prejudice of a person or group based on the racial group she or they belong to, although it's not always that simple.

This term is actually used in many ways. Some refer to it as white supremacism, the belief that the Caucasian race is superior to all other races. Others define racism as discrimination against a particular race’s culture, beliefs or traditions. The word might refer to the idea that a single race is somehow purer than other races, or that one race genetically exhibits dominance over others. Some believe that race can be a way to determine behavior and performance.

Racism can be used to refer to prejudice based on race against one person or a group of people; it can be expressed either overtly or subtly. Overt expressions are perhaps the easiest to identify; it is fairly simple to see that the actions of the Ku Klux Klan, for example, are racist. They openly proclaim superiority of the white race and inferiority of non-white races.

Subtle racism is a much stickier topic, and much harder to identify. Cultures that contain multiple races often defer to the race that feels it is being attacked in order to define what constitutes this type. For example, the standardized tests that are generally required in applying to a United States college, such as the SAT or ACT, are sometimes argued to be subtly racist because they say non-Caucasians who come from backgrounds steeped in poverty generally don't score as well. The lack of good schools, good books, and stable home environments may adversely affect the test results for those students.

While many problems can be cited in reference to racism, one results from the overgeneralizations that are made in race grouping. The Asian group, for example, includes Koreans, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Thai. The failure to understand the distinctions between the cultural values of Koreans generally and Vietnamese generally, for example, can be characterized as subtly racist. There is an inherent assumption that all Asians must be the same, and little recognition that people in this vague grouping come from hugely diverse countries and cultures. The same holds true for Hispanics, a group that shares European ancestry with the various Latin Native Americans. Assuming that an Asian person is Chinese or that a Hispanic person is Mexican may be characterized as racist.

Racism is not exclusively the province of the Caucasian race, and discrimination between different racial groups is quite prevalent in areas where two groups of different races exist. For example, the rivalry between Asian and Black street gangs in urban America can be tied to racial tensions that have existed for many decades.

What may be interesting in this fount of tensions between groups is that most people still feel the need to define themselves by race. A United States birth certificate, for example, requires a statement of race, and one cannot write "human." Some of this definition continues because different cultural groups wish to preserve and respect their ancestry, but often, such distinctions, from a genetic standpoint, are relatively unnecessary. Significant scientific research on the DNA that makes up all humans shows virtually no significant genetic advantages or difference between racial groups. Some medical conditions, for example, are more prevalent in certain races over others.

Some argue that the practice of race classifying may further divide people more than it helps as it may lead to stereotypes about a group.

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Discussion Comments

By jessiwan — On Apr 13, 2018

My problem with racism is that, for a white person, anywhere he goes, he is faced with tremendous pressure coming at him from all sides, from his own government, then, from meddlesome, self-righteous people (also known as liberals, progressives, or leftists). I mean, if someone genuinely believes that racism is bad, that is fine. I don't have a problem with it. However, the same "live-and-let-live" principle does not seem to apply to someone who genuinely wants to be a racist. Where I live, the government of Canada pretty much shoves its brand of morality (that "racism is wrong") down people's throats and it shamelessly enforces this through draconian laws. Whatever happened to freedom of thought? I thought we were a modern, enlightened nation. People do, or should, have the right to hold any belief they want to hold. If someone (presumably white) wants to believe his race is superior to other races, then he should be left in peace. He should have dominion over his own mind.

To me, the question is not, "whether racism is right or wrong". The real question is, "for someone who chooses to believe in racism, should he be allowed to do so"? Furthermore, I want to encourage all citizens of Canada to reflect upon why our government acts like it can dictate to people what thoughts to think and what beliefs to hold.

By anon991964 — On Aug 01, 2015

Racism is purely subjective, truth is objectively, scientifically, chemically, biologically, physically, etc. we're all one race/one species. People who talk about racism are ‘politically upset’, since they are perceiving/experiencing (true or not, in cases it can go either way) injustices due to their/others around them based on: skin color, bodily features, etc.

By anon991963 — On Aug 01, 2015

To call people black, brown and white, etc. is hard for me because I cannot stand the idea of dividing us human beings at all.

Calling people by skin color is actually racism itself, since it is compartmentalizing us as races instead of one people, and you see there really is no point. It only causes extra issues other than the one it poses anyways. Maybe the point is to make us feel separated so we can be authoritatively controllable, since we wont identify as one people.

By anon991962 — On Aug 01, 2015

Although in america/in the western civilizations we normally see only 4 to 6 races. Those being white/caucasian, black/african, latino, native american, asian, pacific islander, etc. But in other areas of the world it is different than in the west. (It is also important to add and most government formalities understand "middle eastern" to be mostly caucasian but also may identify it with black sometimes in their ethnicity sectioning.)

You see in other areas of the world there are a lot of people who don't base people into generalized categories at all, and others that still do but they do it differently. In certain areas of Africa there are people who see that there are slight differentiations between perceivable ethnic groups and they have been an escalating problem, the Tutsis and Hutus of the Rwandan genocide is a great historic example of what is happening today. The differences perceived by these ethnic groups were that the Tutsi saw the Hutus

as shorter, stouter and darker with wider noses as the opposite was perceived by Hutus, that they saw the Tutsis as thinner, lanky and less wide of noses.

This is happening all over the world and has been happening for a long time. Mostly the hate that humans have to others is right around the corner of the house you grew up in. People mostly hate their close neighbors for they see some genetic lines, not that they really exist. I mean that we're more genetically consistent than a single pack of gorillas, and we're 9 billion strong (woah!).

Racial perception becomes an even more confusing topic for those living in perceivably “diverse” areas, where “foreigners” have colonized. Places like america where skin color can be so easily compartmented it makes it easier for people to pigeonhole themselves and “their people”.

These are delusions however, since we are actually one human race and the hate that happens everywhere like cultural exclusion is really an issue that many forget seeing. Why are people called a “wanna-be” just because they love black-american culture?

By anon991961 — On Aug 01, 2015

What I mean by “hate their close neighbors”:

Hate, on the levels of today, for example, starts way back in the day when a father hating another father got out of hand, over the initialization of hate being their philosophical/political differences. In which they had argued about and nobody was compromising.

It is at this point that the Father A applies all the traits of what he notices that Father B has to their mental difference, which feels like hate, because there are some physical differences between them that both can more or less agree about (like straight hair versus curly, etc.).

He then commits to telling first his family these differences between him and Father B, meanwhile Father B is on the same page.

Then the children and wives gossip unknowingly to what they are creating which turns into the worse halves of racism, sexism, classism, nationalism, ageism, etc.

Then the public and all their grounded/lofty interpretations come to the fathers asking about the gossip that they’ve heard. The fathers both tried to maintain their sterling reputations and thus their influence, so they rationalized excuses and explanations for details.

This created some favoritism for the public and they participated in the separate ideologies, and also created offshoots in support of these original ideologies.

They built fences and burned bridges, kept incrementally building militant installations until there were secluded neighborhoods.

As others made their own ideologies, hoping to counter the ignorance of what they were hearing, sadly they were overshadowed by the conflict since drama is much more vociferated than those who are trying to remain calm and civil.

This became generational when Father A and B died, because the family participated in the drama and the sons and daughters took over the crown and chair of hate.

Generations later they’ve lost the original meaning of the argument, it’s just adapted to modern systems and the people just see what they’ve been told to do and anybody who stands against it are excluded.

Now people proudly identify with the subjective that are intangible and are proud to pigeonhole themselves, they also cast hate to anybody who appears contrastingly different, and the criteria for such differences can go way beyond skin color, they can become very specific.

By anon991960 — On Aug 01, 2015

My question is, given our biological knowledge today, why do governments still have laws and formalities concerning the language of race, that it accepts it, uses it to give certain peoples leverage in the work place, extra financial help, etc? I understand that colonists messed up the norms of indigenous peoples, but that’s happened everywhere in the world throughout history. So why are modern governments being so helpful now when they haven’t in the past?

It also makes us think about the word genocide, geno = gene, cide = to kill, meaning genocide is to kill of entire gene set. However there’s really no black and white or anything like that so we can only mean to kill every human or to kill none of us. Since we are all just people.

By anon991959 — On Aug 01, 2015

Also I understand that it’s lame to those who have had culture and it just been taken from them, both with those who lost their livelihood over the colonists, but also talking about the slave trade here. But the slave trade has mostly been lucrative for everybody involved, the sellers and the buyers and every empire and semi-great nation has stained their hands with blood to use and traffic slaves.

By anon991958 — On Aug 01, 2015

It seems that we must redirect our “blame” from the ethnic groups that have commonly had fingers pointed at them, and blame start blaming the money (how temptations of it and the system of money is wrong) and greedy people in general. Financial extremes are causing morbid obsessions and tempting ‘dirty work’ for those who want to make a big check since they don’t mind dirtying their hands for it.

It’s a universal trait among all humans to dream of the power of choice and simplicity of authority, for example “If I had a billion dollars I’d…” or “If I ruled the world…” and although it’s true that all of us have thought that here and there it doesn’t mean that all of us get fixated about it/pursue it until it happens. However some do in fact do dream daily and reach such influential positions, they enact extreme plans to have/maintain power, and they can pay for the damages. Power hungry fools are not just exclusive to an (or a few) ethnic group(s).

It happens when people want for everybody to take to their collectivistic vision or their privatized ideal, these are the people that want military/industrial resources, totalitarian control and centralized financial power so they’ll do anything for it, even at the expense of others lives and their livelihood.

It’s the fearmongers, warmongers and greedy politicians that are to be recognized for being in this mess.

By anon991957 — On Aug 01, 2015

I feel like it is also important to mention that if we don’t think of ourselves as separated then we can get past this confusing time and make it history, we should see that the future generations think of these words more objectively and recognize our humanness. I dream of a future where we’re all not talking about race jokes, racial generalizations, penis/boob sizes being bigger/smaller in certain demographics (been proven false in over 100 scientific studies), our general racial speech issues, opportunities/accessibility issues based on race or racial superiority.

I personally see that typing/stereotyping will always result in a bad way, I think that people will get the wrong ideas eventually because of misunderstanding the intentions. People as individuals do not like to be grouped up or generalized. And as some maybe do like the generalizations they usually like them for the wrong reasons, as to put pressure on their other community members that they believe should partake in their extremistic visions and often apply pressure onto those other individuals to identify with their position of otherwise they will be excluded, this creates a ‘subtle racism’ in it's own as you can see.

The only “right” reasons I can see of people liking to identify with a race are the cultural implications, but really that’s all it really is that some person likes to salsa dance, sally likes to twerk, this person likes to hula-hoop, etc. These are not activities that should be exclusive to one/few ethnic groups but all people.

It’s also important to add that it’s not really all that important to force somebody to give credits or respects to the origin of these activities since they’re really just motions/movements and are created by common human ingenuity, so don’t say “You better respect the French for making…” Just have a good time seeing the performance and if you’re not enjoying it don’t observe or interrupt it to be political.

By jessiwan — On Nov 13, 2013

Look at all the crying and whining. I am ______(insert race) and __________ happened to me, which broke my little non-white heart.

All of you just be quiet and move away from white people if you are that sensitive. For as long as there are different races, there will be racism. And no, it is not desirable for all white people to disappear through inter-mixing with you. That would be a tragedy.

Hey, I have a better idea that will rid the world of racism, all while preserving white traits like blonde/red hair and blue/green eyes, and that is for the non-white population to have fewer and fewer children with each successive generation.

I am so sick of the whining of the non-white people.

By anon288228 — On Aug 29, 2012

Racism is such a broad term that it is almost meaningless.

By anon275324 — On Jun 17, 2012

Whoever wrote this is either misled or reaching at best. The Black, Latino, Mexican or Asian gangs as you put it were not modeled strictly on race. More so like the gangs of New York. The carved out a territory and then defended it based on drug wars and prostitution. The racism part came when Japanese were placed in concentration camps during World War II, because they were 'assumed' to be loyal to Japan. No German Americans were treated that way. That's a better example. It was systematic and accepted at all levels in society.

By anon275282 — On Jun 17, 2012

I was at at convenience store about 10 years ago. I'm of mixed race. I have a First Nations mom and dad and a Caucasian grandfather. Anyway, I remember this guy, a Caucasian dude, verbally abusing this east Indian guy, telling him he should get back on the that banana boat he got off of and go back to where ever he came from.

I was standing nearby and I said excuse me. I was slightly offended. I said that guy should get back on that potato boat his ancestors came over on and go back to where ever he came from. I mean, the nerve of European descendants actually thinking they were originally from this land. To me that's not racist; that's the truth.

We have been putting up with the racial stereotyping for the last 100 years or so, of the drunk Indian, but whatever. I don t know any drunk Indians, personally, and when I do see a few, which is rarely, I'm not judgmental towards that guy. I mean he could be a descendant of a residential school family, and may have endured brutal sexual, physical, mental abuse at the hands of the Canadian feds. That was an assimilation program that ran for like, 60 to 80 years. My grandmother, father, and mother attended during their childhoods, also.

I don't drink or do drugs. I think honestly, the majority of whites in Canada are ignorant, actually. It depends on where you are, more so these days, compared to 20 years ago. In general, I think a lot of white Canadians are actually cool people. On occasion, an idiot will pop up as a racist, of course, and me getting ticked off would categorize the white race as losers, or whatever else, when I know that's not actually true. So I think there's racism everywhere and everybody does it, an me being mixed race/ I don't actually know where racism ends, really.

By anon274532 — On Jun 12, 2012

I am white of mixed euro background. I grew up and had friends of all backgrounds. I never recall asking any of them, "Are you christian, is your family catholic," etc. It did not matter to me.

Each family that came to canada became canadian and blended into the canadian culture. But for the last 25 years, a lot of cultures very different from the canadian culture have been arriving. Some have become canadian but a lot do not change at all. They keep their old ways and narrow minded thinking.

I feel multiculturalism is in itself a very racist policy and pits each culture against the other. When this happens, no one is happy and no one feels they belong. I also do not understand how these cultures were discriminated against when they did not even live in canada!

I see big-time discrimination in Muslim countries against anyone who is not Muslim, even a visitor. In Japan you cannot use the same bathroom as a Japanese citizen. How racist is that?

By anon242274 — On Jan 22, 2012

If a black guy makes monkey noises at another black guy, is that racist?

By anon241918 — On Jan 21, 2012

"A race is a group of people who come from a common background."

So that makes all people who grew up in new york a race?

This article is crap. The author has no clue what he is talking about.

By anon232378 — On Nov 30, 2011

Why can 50 cent say white chick but Eminem not black chick? This is not an actual piece of evidence, but imagine if either rapper used the corresponding term. What would the consequences be? I think sometimes, people actually overreact.

By anon157033 — On Mar 01, 2011

i feel so sad about reality but still looking forward to be a part of the changes - i am.

By anon153280 — On Feb 16, 2011

The terms that you are looking for are: Caucasian, Negroid, Mongoloid and Aborigine.

These terms are no longer used, but they are the correct terms if you want to classify someone based on race. These terms went out of favor in the 1950s and 1960s as anthropologists discovered more and more about the differences and similarities of people in different parts of the world. Ironically, they were originally based on racism, as Victorian Europeans felt superior to others around the world, thus tried to classify them based on their degree of "culture." Study Bronislaw Molinowski and Franz Boas before you try to write anything like this again.

Going back to the original idea for this comment, "Indigenous" people, as you put it, are actually Mongoloids. Latinos (which no one outside of the Americas would understand) are Mongoloids, Caucasians, or a combination of the two (mestizo).

There are actually no categories based on what continent you come from, as there is no actual definition for a continent. Some people have said in these comments that India is part of Asia, but if you ask someone from India where they live, they will tell you the Indian sub-continent, not Asia.

Everyone has their own idea of what a continent is. Don't believe me? Try to find out what continent Turkey belongs to. You can't do it, because there is no actual way to determine this. It is all relative to were you live. Most geography professors now teach that there are continents and sub-continents.

As we gain a more worldly view, we start to learn that our classifications are not only incorrect, but as insulting to the people from the area in question as racism is to those being looked down upon.

Oh, and by the away, the definition of racism is feeling that one race is superior to another due to genetics. This does not have to be your own race. If you are black and you feel that Asians are genetically superior to whites, you are racist.

By anon146961 — On Jan 27, 2011

"Some believe that race can be a way to determine behavior and performance."

So that is racist? Then I guess I'm a racist. When a short white guy walks briskly into the starter blocks on a race track and fails to stretch before (behavior) and a tall slim but muscular man of color, ambles up, stretches for a few minutes (behavior) then gets in the blocks and proceeds to blow the doors off (performance)the white guy and I'm thinking before the gun fires, that the colored athlete will win, then I'm a racist, by definition? Wow!

A white man and a native are lost in the forest. See where this is going? The white man builds a huge fire and sits far away, not really warming. The native builds a small fire and sits close, warming himself. Well if I had picked which one would survive better in the forest, yup, then I am a racist. So am I really that bad?

By anon144525 — On Jan 20, 2011

RE: "The Asian group, for example, includes Koreans, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Thai."

No! It's more like Asian means all of Asia, unless you were to divide Asia into sub regions like North, South, East and West, and then you can say, "Koreans, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Thai."

But when you say this includes only these people when you are being specific and then you are wrong!

East Asian is what you're talking about, in general, for the most part and you're missing the Philippines and more. Also, Indian people fall under that category of "Asian" Where are they in this "wiseGeek" answer of yours?

Be more specific when listing the Asian countries. State which regions you're referring to and who they are. Anyway, this was good -- sort of.

By anon143314 — On Jan 15, 2011

There are no races. There are cultures. Cultural discrimination is widespread and some of it is acceptable (i.e. criticism of Arab hate crimes against non-muslims) and other forms are not acceptable (denying a job to someone because they're not the same color as you).

By anon143313 — On Jan 15, 2011

I'm white. I live in Canada. I am regularly the victim of Indian and Muslim supremacist racism. Yes, in Canada where Indians and Muslims (a.k.a. mixed groups because the Arab faith has conquered so many peoples) are a minority, they have the guts to confront and occasionally violently assault white men, women, and even children.

I'm tired of this. The last time it happened I told the man that his racial intolerance was unacceptable, and I would report it to his boss, the authorities, and the local media (it was published in the letters to the editor). The man laughed at me. Of course, he was a Hindu, what else would he do to a white woman in public? His boss, an Indian but slightly more rational, said he would take care of the matter. The following week in the letters to the editor there was overwhelming sympathy.

Our Immigration program is a farce. Vancouver is the crime capital of North American as a result of Indian/Muslim crime and hate. I've had enough.

By anon129054 — On Nov 22, 2010

The five classic races are Black (African), Brown (Arab, Indian, Polynesian), Red (American), White (European) and Yellow (East-Asian). Latino is only recognized in the USA. Everywhere else they are either Europeans, Native American or mixed. Most people forget Arabs, South-Asians and Australasians and when using the term Asian forget that Asia is more than China, Japan and Korea.

All of these divisions are generalisations based on skin color not any true biology.

By anon121831 — On Oct 25, 2010

People believe that saying offensive words like Black, white, Asian or Native is a nice word that will not hurt anyone's feelings. well guess what? it hurts everyone in some way.

By anon120075 — On Oct 20, 2010

I also disagree with affirmative action. But, it is a way to protect 95 percent of the work force from being opened up to other groups.

By anon115359 — On Oct 01, 2010

I am torn between issues with my family, I do not think of myself as a true racist, as defined.

I have no problem living, working, socializing among other races. But I do believe that races are supposed to stay together. It has no bearing on one being less or more than the other. So does this make me a racist?

By anon111654 — On Sep 17, 2010

I work with a white doctor and each time I say good morning to her, she does not respond. If we come across each other in the hall way she actually runs away. the problem is sometimes she runs to where I will be going and normally she says I don't know why I was running. In team meetings, if I raise a point she simply talks over me and changes the topic. Sometimes she asks if i can be excused out of the meeting.

i am the only black staff and its affecting me. i am not sure if its racism or just dislike. I've never experienced racism before.

By anon90271 — On Jun 15, 2010

I grew up in a town that had very few blacks, a fair number of asians, mostly chinese, many italians, and predominantly white.

I grew up watching TV shows with many different races. I never once thought of anyone of the people I knew as inferior or superior.

However, when you see families, and communities of people banding together, saying things like you shouldn't date someone of a different race, that offends me. And you see it everywhere.

I would date someone of any race if I was attracted to them. For example, I generally am not attracted to black guys, but I do find some attractive and would date them. One of the few black guys I grew up with is very attractive.

Stereotyping, racial profiling, biases, segregation, etc. are the negative results of racism. They are based on ignorance. And these concepts aren't just based on race differences, but those of religion, sexual orientation, gender, and any other differences that people find to categorize.

Groups of people who choose to be labeled often do so to protect themselves, often for political reasons. Gays, for example, do this. History has taught minority groups that if they don't band together, the majority will rule against them. This hasn't changed. And likely never will as people are, inherently, sinful creatures.

By anon71745 — On Mar 19, 2010

Racism is the belief that human races exist and these races possess different abilities and characteristics and that some races are better at some things than others. Racists do not want to live in multi-racial societies, rather they want to live amongst their own kind.

It is a popular and ignorant belief that racist implies hatred. It doesn't. Of course often the two things go together but by definition, racism involves no violence.

By anon65466 — On Feb 13, 2010

Why is it wrong to claim that peoples from different races are not all the same? The fact that one race of human beings has different attributes to another cannot be wrong. Wild animals of the same species vary as do human beings. This does not say that one race of human is superior, it's just that they are different.

By anon53544 — On Nov 22, 2009

Everyone should understand that racism is a reality, but we have no one to blame but ourselves and that is because racism is socially constructed.

We as individuals look at other people as different if they are not the same color skin, do not speak the same language or have the same religious beliefs.

Yesm white hate groups are racist, but what about the rest of us? We should not be quick to judge, but instead learn from one another.

By anon51173 — On Nov 03, 2009

racism is wrong and completely moronic. also, i want to say that even though it is great that the US is making progress, i think that there is such a thing as over doing it? i disagree with affirmative action. people should be hired solely based on their qualifications, not their race. we're all just people.

By anon50574 — On Oct 29, 2009

Ive got no problem with any body's color but people need to date their own color. It is disgusting when you see black, hispanics and whites with one another.

By anon39197 — On Jul 30, 2009

Racism is not right. this is such a big issue and yet no one has taken any action i think countries should come together and discuss what action should be taken about racism today.

By xiaohui06 — On Feb 08, 2009

what are some examples of a racist?

i'm doing a project on racism and i can't really find examples over the internet.

i came here and found out that i can ask. :)

i hope to have some answers.

By anon18659 — On Sep 27, 2008

The question is not what is racism. The question is why do people practice racism, religion, education, science, or other systems. It's to be better off. People fear those of other races or groups who invade, kill, steal, and lie about it. There are double standards for racist behaviors.

When Germans kill Hebrews to steal their stuff it is an evil, heinous, holocaust and Satanic crime against humanity. When Hebrews kill Arabs to steal their stuff it's a God given, freedom fighting, liberation of a Holy Land and manifest destiny. Why the double standards? That is racism. Okay for me, not for you.

Only rule of law, social justice, and loving kindness can conquer the double standards racists promote for being better off. Then again, who doesn't want to be better off and fear being worse off? It seems racism is logical when families practice racism to take care of their own in racist loving kindness. What to do?

By anon16077 — On Jul 29, 2008

racism is a big deal because it affects people everyday. i may only be a 14 year old and you may think what does she know? but trust me, i know. racism can lead to physical situations. racism is widely spread, and is present in all countries or societies in the world. racism is often expressed through distrust or differences between groups, such as cultural character, or just based on different backgrounds. it’s a natural reaction for a person to get suspicious about things which are strange to them. sometimes suspicion can lead to anger, frustration, or fear. a child is not born racist. if not exposed to racism in one's environment, there is no reason for one to become racist. a person cannot be characterized by the skin color or cultural background. everybody should be treated fairly and with respect.

By anon12535 — On May 08, 2008

people that are racist are really dumb and need to go get a life!!

By anon9029 — On Feb 26, 2008

to me, racism is a big deal because people have to face racist people every day no matter what!

it doesn't seem as though the world will ever change

...martin luther king had set it so that we would each be united but there's always that one person that thinks differently


a person who thinkz racism just isn't right!

By anon6508 — On Dec 31, 2007

well we can kind of try and stop racism as the future of tomorrow. we can't allow parents or adults to put the racism into our heads. when an act of racism is committed, act against it. counter it. we can make rallies, petitions etc.. you are 120% correct. racism isn't right. it must be stopped. it hurts too much people. me included, speaking personally and i have seen before my eyes people being penalized for being a certain race.

By anon3984 — On Sep 26, 2007

I don't think that racism is right, its wrong a has to stop right now. No-one should be racist to people who you think has a different race, sex, religion. I am get education at some high school. I go to a multicultural school that has a variety of cultures like asian, hispanic, caucausian, African descent, middle easterns, east Indians and those people have religions too. I am 100% non-religious and I make friends to people of a variety of cultures....

By anon2117 — On Jun 28, 2007

What action should be taken for subtle racism?

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