Aspects Of Racism

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What is Racism? Racism, it's something that surrounds us all; some of us may have been victims of it, or perhaps have been racist towards another. It doesn't matter who you are, where you live, what job you work in, you are bound to have at least witnessed racism once in your lifetime; because racism is everywhere. Racism has existed for centuries, but during the last two hundred years hatred toward ethnic minorities has increased. The prejudice against black people dates a long way back into the history of the ancestors of the present day blacks and when the first came to the USA, as slaves. Although slavery was abolished black people were still frequently treated as second-class citizens and appeared to still have an image that meant they were not as superior as the whites. This essay will explore three religious viewpoints on racism and a prime example of a man named Martin Luther King, who was a victim of racial discrimination. The conclusion will sum up all the facts put forward in this essay. Racism is the belief that race accounts for difference in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. People can be racist verbally as well as physically. Some examples of racism are obvious, such as graffiti, intimidation or physical violence. Racial and ethnic slurs and "jokes" are other examples. Unfortunately, they are often ignored because people do not know how to deal with them. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."(1) Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the great civil rights leader, spoke these words on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA in August 1963 to a crowd of over 250,000 people who were demanding equal justice for all American citizens. As a boy Martin experienced racism and
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