We all know about it. We have all heard about it. But we don’t often think about it happening in our country. We think we are exempt from it. What is it? You may ask what’s so important for me to talk about it. Well it’s Racial Discrimination. I’m here to tell you that you aren’t exempt from it. It happens all around the world even in little New Zealand and not just in America or England but here as well.
Racial discrimination happens to all of us. We don’t think that it happens in ‘our’ town but it does. We go “not me, I treat everyone as equal, I don’t discriminate against anyone”. Do you know racial discrimination is defined as ‘views, practices and actions reflecting the belief that humanity is divided into distinct biological groups called races and that members of these different races show attributes which can make them less desirable/more desirable/inferior or superior.
People might think that Chinese people are less desirable because they have slantie eyes or that blond haired, blue eyed people are more desirable. Or it could be that people think white people are superior to black.
This is racial discrimination for you because the opposite would be to treat all people equally, but sadly this is not the case.
Have you ever looked at someone and judged them just because of the colour of their skin? Or their ethnicity. Not even giving them a second look because they were dark skinned and Vanuatian. You could have just missed the opportunity to make an amazing friend, but you could not get past the fact that they looked a lot different to us.
We all know about racism and it sits in the back of our minds. We know it is wrong and that people should not be discriminated against, but we don’t ever see ourselves being racist or it happening to us. We see films and read novels that deal with the issue of racial discrimination; can you name a movie that is linked to racism? I can list many box office hits that deal with...
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