Racism as a Global Issue
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The paper considers the definitions of race and racism and explores the history of racism, noting two major events; the genocide of thousands of Jews in the Holocaust and the horrors of the Jim Crow racism of the 20th century American South. The paper discusses what can be done to address this global issue and argues that humans should try harder to see each other as other humans rather than mentally segregating themselves into groups based on labels of color, religion, upbringing, financial status, education, gender or age. The paper includes an annotated bibliography.
From the Paper:"Here in America, it is a fallacy to think racism and general discrimination is not still a huge problem. Delving into some research reveals that Americans are not the only ones dealing with racism. Racism is, in fact, a global dilemma.
"To really understand racism, one must first ask the question: What exactly is race? It is interesting to note that scientists and scholars alike cannot agree on the definition of race, nor can they even be sure such a thing as "race" truly even exists. However, regardless of whether or not a person knows what race is, they can still have racist tendencies and recognize racism in others (Bodino 5). A 1985 research poll of physical and cultural anthropologists indicated that 50 percent subscribed to the concept of race, while 41 percent did not (Bodino 7). The Merriam-Webster dictionary has many definitions of race, most of which pertain to racing and horses. Only toward the very bottom of the list of definitions does it gently tip-toe around the racial concept: "a family, tribe, people or nation belonging to the same stock" and "a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits or characteristics". No one seems to really be able to define "race". The general consensus is that the word has become so vague that it is now considered obsolete by most of the scientific community (Bodino 8)."
Sample of Sources Used:
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- n.p. "Definition of RACISM". Merriam-Webster.com. n.d. 01 May 2013.<http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism >. Web.
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