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This is how the Oxford Dictionary defines Racism. Racism is a blot on society that has transgressed mankind over hundreds of years. Its concept has evolved over the years and has now become somewhat of a catchword for any kind of injustice or prejudice based on Race, origin, colour and culture, which are also the key factors in defragmenting the human society hence leading to Racism. The present times have seen a variety of racist incidents which not only signify the lack of understanding people have but also indicate the belief among certain people that they are superior over certain others. Take the recent attacks on students in Australia for instance. To quote Baljinder Singh, a victim of the recent 'racial' attack on Indian students in Australia: "My advice to every Indian student now, who wants to come to Australia, is please don't come and there's no life here." This statement given by Baljinder is quite justified. Particularly in the light of his horrific ordeal, he recounted: "I was very scared to see the knives. They asked me if I had any money. I told them to hang on, as I looked for my purse in my bag, which was very messy... In the first five seconds, one of the guys stabbed me in my stomach. I just fell down on the floor." This example is just one of the countless many that Indian students have had to suffer at the hands of natives in Australia who have clearly exhibited a lack of tolerance towards their fellow students and even more to their fellow human beings. Racism is a simmering phenomenon not just in Australia, but also in other countries like the US and the UK which are championing globalisation. For them, globalisation means the free mobility of capital to usurp the land and livelihood of people of developing countries; it has never meant the free movement of labour to their countries. Predictably, in the wake of the current economic recession spawned by their disastrous policies, we are seeing a renewed offensive of Racism against migrant workers from the Third World in these countries – from attacks on Sikh cab drivers and retrenchment of Asian teachers in the US, to Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown's call for “British jobs for British people”, the drum of Racism is clearly being beaten by the ruling class to divert and mislead the anxiety of the working class in the face of recession. Cultural difference between various communities was one of the reasons for abetting Racism. With increasing migration and settlement worldwide, societies have tried to bind themselves together by inculcating different cultures and traditions and this is one of the reasons which has influenced hatred and eventually given rise to Racism. This can be explained with the recent examples of Asians been targeted in the western world. Asians are attacked because they have different culture and when they settle in the western world they bring uneasiness to western lifestyle, leading to Racism. Skin colour is another factor which has influenced Racism. Though subconsciously humans have the tendency to relate things with each other, colour is one of those factors. Africans are targeted because they are black and human conscience considers black to be related to bad or evil. Thus they have been victims of Racism from the white community, as they consider themselves to be superior to blacks. It can also be noted that origin and caste of people also plays a significant role in influencing Racism. In countries like India, particularly where different communities co-exist, there seems to be a divide between them the basis of faith and caste. People of upper cast will never rub shoulders with the lower cast ones. Eventually there is divide in the communities. Although with education, literacy levels have increased, yet the divides from ages among
The Black students may not have been involved in the fight. The nooses were hung after a black student asked permission to sit under a tree that had been reserved by tradition for white students only. 2007. who received an official apology from Stoke City." The school assembly. who was ejected from the stadium and subsequently arrested by Staffordshire Police. It is clear from the aforementioned points that Racism has now become a social evil that not only has taken up deep roots within our communities but has now begun to influence our daily lives as well. Directing his remarks to the black students. I felt I had to stand up for all colours and creeds and show that we won't accept it. Louisiana on Sep 6th. and now face a lifetime in prison. who at the time was sat on the substitutes bench was racially abused by a Stoke fan. Almost a year ago to the date." The white students who confessed to hanging the nooses never received any meaningful punishment. unfortunately. "I can make your lives disappear with a stroke of a pen. before being released pending inquiries. and told the black students to stop making such a big deal over the nooses. later said: “It did hurt. but they were known to be organizers of the protest under the tree. with the black students on one side and the white students on the other. but had no major injuries and was socializing with friends at a school ring ceremony the evening of the fight. was divided by race. during a League Cup match between Blackpool and Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 22 September 2009. in any form is wrong and the time has come to tackle the problem unequivocally. The town's district attorney quickly arrived. nor did the white former student who threatened two black students with a shotgun. nearly every black student in the school stood under the tree in a spontaneous and powerful act of nonviolent protest. origin or nationality of athletes should no longer be cause for mockery and taunts from a small handful of individuals who are. who face lifetime jail sentences for an alleged assault on a white peer. six Black youths were charged with attempted murder. There were people near the idiot who didn't agree with it. nor did the white students who months later beat up a black student at a school party.” Racism. which was disappointing. in the small northern Louisiana town of Jena. Euell.different communities still exist based on Racism. This was a case of six black boys. At the end of it all we see that Racism is morally and socially wrong. The skin colour. It was a shock to hear what came out of the guy's mouth. but there were others who turned a blind eye. a group of white students hung three nooses from a tree in front of Jena High School. like the schoolyard where all of this had begun. But. flanked by police officers. District Attorney Reed Walters said. Racism in football is not dead and buried but it's still a shock to hear that kind of thing in close proximity. This appalling tale of gross injustice is again one of the many that black people in the Americas have had to take but what is really shocking is how the racial slur has taken roots into the children of white families and the treatment they lend out to their own fellow peers is a harsh reminder of how badly the world today is affected by Racial tensions. Another example can be cited from the incidents that took place in Jena high School. I'm proud that I made a stand. In English Soccer. Blackpool player Jason Euell. It is necessary to kick Racism out of sports because it is intolerable. responsible for bringing utterly intolerable attitudes into the game and who prevent the vast majority of supporters from enjoying their sport. In response to the three nooses. Recent times have seen Racism kick into sports as well. which school officials termed to be a "harmless prank. after these incidents. The white student was briefly hospitalized. The more we realize . when black students got into a fight with a white student.
freedom. Martin Luther King Jr. it is still being practiced.that we are all of “one blood. and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. and opportunity all people in the world will have. I’d like to end with a quote by Dr. Even though Racism is wrong. in our country and in others. . : "Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away.” the more peace." David Deka 1st year Economics Hons.
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