Racism is a social problem that has occurred many years ago and it has passed through many phases. The oldest and most harmful of all is slavery. As we see from the “The problem of slavery and persecution’ with the discovery of the New World, the institution of slavery grew to proportions greater than had been previously conceived. In 16th century Peru, to counter the inhuman system of slavery in the colonial economic systems finally introduced the great basic debate concerning the question of human rights. Important personalities such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist pastor and Nobel laureate, who led the struggle for civil rights in the United States until his assassination in1968. Also in South Africa in the 1980s, Desmond Tutu, Anglican archbishop and Nobel laureate, exemplified a continuing Christian straggle for human wrights. (The problem of slavery and persecution 1)
Racism as a phenomenon has risen through opposite opinions and many times intense confrontation as far as blacks’ people social standing is concerned. There are people who support the human right of everyone being the same. Many examples of how the black people have been treated through the years by whites have made the people, including me, support antiracism. I strongly believe that black people all over the world have the same rights because above all they are human. All black people must have the right to free expressions and equal treatment with white people. On the other hand there are some people who believe that black people are thought to represent a society of a lower rank than white.
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As we read by Braham Peter, Rattansi Ali and Skellington Richard in Racism and Antiracism: People’s equality is an issue with during the years has concerned worldwide governments. Many lows came up in order to protect black peoples rights.For example during the 1980s the black population of Britain reached over two million people, of whom about half were born in this country: a largely settled population of families for whom migration was mostly a memory of some fifteen, twenty or more years earlier. The consolidation of communities continued, with concentration of ethnic residence in familiar areas absorbing most of the population growth, rather than a substantial movement out to other areas. Hardly any black and Asian people looking for jobs were new to the country; jobseekers no longer had to contend with problems stemming from their recent arrival. Laws against discrimination in employment had been in place for over a decade. Against this background of stability and formal rights, Britons from the minority ethnic groups were expectant that they could take up the same opportunities in employment as enjoyed by people. All the evidence suggests that there have been changes in the employment patterns of black people over the last decade, but that they are not converging with the employment patterns of whites, and that earlier injustices and imbalances continue to set the boundaries within which change can occur. (Racism and Antiracism, 58).
According to Goldeberg David Theo in Racist Culture along with the lows many programs have been made even though the absence of available opportunities such as preferential treatment programs for college admissions or hiring and promotion seem a modest means, one among many necessary not simply to integration but to advancing an incorporative politics. Such programs have served to draw those voices into academic and professional positions that have tended to be silence by their exclusion, voices that mostly proved resistant to mainstream appropriation.
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(Racism Culture, 232).
On the other side there many people who believe in racism and some of them are even members of organization against black people such as Ku Klux Klan.
As it stated in encyclopedia Britannica in Ku Klux Klan. In the summer of 1867, the Klan was structured into the ’’Invisible Empire of the South’’ at a convention in Nashville, Tenn., attended by delegates from former Confederate states. The group was president over by a grang wizard (Confederate cavalry general Nathan Bedford Forrest is believed to have been the first grand wizard) and a descending hierarchy of grand dragons, grand titans, and grand cyclopses. Dressed in robes and sheets designed to frighten superstitious blacks and to prevent identification by the occupying federal troops, Klansmen whipped and killed freedmen and their white supporters in nighttime raids. A similar organization the Nights of White Camelia begun in Louisiana in 1867. (Ku Klux Klan ,1)
Although these are organizations are very extreme racism is a phenomenon that appears even our days with other forms in every day life. As I already mentioned the last decades many lows have been made in order to support black peoples right yet most of the lows never applied because of white peoples racism and interests.
Braham Peter in Racism and Antiracism writes that, for example, many white British peoples ideas about immigrant workers were classically racists (because they rested on the assumptions that whites were naturally preferable) but were also economically instrumental. Dark skinned immigrants were seen as undesirable but necessary, in their allotted place, and it was not just employers who took this view. Governments, both Labour and Conservative, in the 1940s and 1950s wrestled, secretly at first but openly later, with the impossible equation of ensuring labour supply, supporting free movement within the Commonwealth, and discouraging black settlement. (Racism and Antiracism, 48).
Another sector in which we see racism is the labour market. In that field blacks people experience in the past decade has been mass unemployment their overall jobless rate continued to climb during the early 1980s, passing the 20 per cent mark in 1983 and not falling below it again until 1987. As explained above, the rise in unemployment among minority workers is always greater than among the rest of the workforce, and Figure 2 shows that it happened during this period. Separate comparisons of unemployment rate among people with particular levels of qualifications have shown that the ethnic differences cannot be explained by educational differences – in fact the unemployment gap between whites and minorities is greater among people with higher qualifications.
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Finally to conclude with, in my opinion people should adjust their actions to the law that protects human rights which refers to the respect of human dignity and beliefs despite their color. As Voltairos, a great representative of French Enlightenment, said: “I do not agree with not even one word of what you say but I will always defend –even with the price of my life-your right to freely say what you believe in”.