Race and Racism

Topics: Racism, Race, Human skin color Pages: 4 (1319 words) Published: March 27, 2014


Racism: Just because other people do it, doesn’t mean its right. A comparative study of racism based on the works of Gates and Rattansi. Race and Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean

Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome. – Rosa Parks

Racism, this simple word conjures up images of abhorrence and suffering. Brother hating brother because of the colour of their skin. Whole ethnicities of people discriminated against because they are different, and the discriminators are not taking the time to understand them and their culture. There is a book called “Racism, a very short introduction” by Ali Rattansi, in this essay I will justify that this book is superior to the book “Black in Latin America” by Henry Louis Gates in explaining racism to me. Both books do a sufficient job of explaining racism from a technical analysis and a historic point of view, but I feel that Rattansi has provided an enhanced understanding of racism and how society arrived at that conclusion. These are the reasons why: 1) Rattansi does not restrict himself to one geographic area (the Caribbean) as Gates does. 2) Rattansi discusses a number of definitions connecting science and racism. (Rattansi 2007: 2) 3) Gates talks mostly about his experiences in various cultures as they relate to his travel through various countries around the Caribbean. (Gates 2011: 2), while Rattansi covers broader topics that are not limited to his personal views and experiences. This essay will explore those reasons and expand on them while defeating the counter arguments against this point of view while educating the reader about the implications of creating an anti-racist society.

In the first argument Rattansi looks at racist themes from all different places around the world. For example one area of focus is anti-Semitism, he talks about how the Jewish people are not loyal to any one...


References: Gates, H. (2011). Black in Latin America. New York and London: New York University Press
Rattansi, A. (2007). Racism: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press
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