Topics: Race and Ethnicity, Racism, Discrimination Pages: 2 (616 words) Published: February 19, 2008
Racism can be defined by the formula prejudice + power = racism. Racism is when racial prejudice is turned into action that harms others. Racism is the belief that one race of people is superior to another because of their colour or race. Racism is simply based on the colour of a person's skin. Racism is destructive and it disembowels people by shattering their identity. It destroys community cohesion and creates divisions in society. It is the opposite of the democratic principle of equality and the right of all people to be treated fairly. Racism is an enormous problem in society today; it is causing much conflict in many parts of the world.

The origin of racism originated in the 18th century when Africans were sold in the slave trade, not because they were being prejudiced against, but because the merchants wanted to make a profit. But as economic profit was being made it became common to think of white people as more superior. This view then turned into beliefs, a system that justified slavery and the buildings of empires. When the British had power of countries such as India and Africa they argued that it was for a dignified cause, "white supremacy was necessary for human progress"

Racism has deeply embedded itself into our culture, frustrations with difficulties in life such as unemployment, lower wages, crime and lack of affordable housing is often taken out on the minority ethnic groups. Racism becomes more widespread when times are hard; it is often easier to blame people of other races than to work out why inequality and discrimination exist and how to get rid of them.

Europe has increasingly been experiencing a more racist attitude and xenophobia: an irrational hatred for foreigners. Britain has one the highest rates of racial violence in Europe, and there is an increased belief that it is rising. It is estimated that there are 140,0002 racist attacks in Britain every year purely due to the colour of someone's...
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