The reality of living in a perfect world is a statement that is far from the truth. Although many of us would like to believe that everyone lives equal lives, is treated respectfully, and has equal rights, it is clear that these aspects are not consistently present in today's society. We live in a diverse world that is separated by race, orientation and gender. A world where the media defines what makes a person “normal” and what types of people are secluded from society because of what they believe in and what they look like. In the eyes of God we are seen as a unique creature with our own individuality, however, to others, the sense of being different is often viewed in a negative way. Racism occurs every day in school, workplaces and in the community through actions and voice, intentionally and unintentionally. It has the ability to lower a person's self-esteem; often to the point where they may feel that life is no longer worth living. Racism could be eliminated if acceptance and equality were present and practiced in our world today. Racism, which can be considered any action or attitude conscious or unconscious, that subordinates an individual or group based on skin color, or race, is an action that takes three steps to complete. A racist action consists of a prejudgment or negative opinion about a group or person. It is a stereotype or “set image” that is usually based on false information. The last step of racism is discrimination. Discrimination combines prejudice and stereotype together to create an offensive action that has the “effect of limiting opportunities of certain individuals or groups because of personal characteristics such as race or color.” All humans belong to the same species, live in the same world and were created equally by God. We were all born with dignity and rights and have the potential to attain a high level of intellectual, social, economic and cultural development. We are all unique individuals that contribute to the...
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