Confronting Global Inequalities In Race, Ethnicity Essay

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Confronting Global Inequalities in Race, Ethnicity, Coloniality: A Proposal on creating international awareness “The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.” Samuel P. Huntington I would like to discuss how colonialist ideas of the developed world play into the dynamics of race, ethnicity and capitalism in the global realm. My proposal can be explained in this short statement from the UNDP in 2005 that was cited in the sections first reading Race in the Ontology of International Order. “In an increasingly knowledge-based global economy about 115 million children are denied even the most basic primary education. Most of the children who are not enrolled in school are in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia ... On average, a child born in Mozambique today can anticipate four years of formal education. One born in France will receive 15 years at vastly higher levels of provision. Average schooling in South Asia, at eight years, is half the level in high-income countries. ...We may live in a world where universal rights proclaim that all people are of equal worth – but where you are born in the world dictates your life chances.” (UNDP, 2005, p. 25). With my previous statement in mind I would like to go into further depth in regards to the quote. The issue at hand is much more complicated than it seems on the cover but once unveiled it tells the true story behind these contemporary issues. For example, many of the ideas about this topic and in international relations in general were conceived hundreds of years ago though the domination of colonialism and national pride of those who carry the power. “Consequently IR’s theorisation of the state and inter-state system systematically overlooks the historical

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