Racism is the belief that inherent different traits in human racial groups justify discrimination.
In the modern English language, the term “racism” is applied especially to the practice or advocacy of racial discrimination of a pernicious nature (i.e. which harms particular groups of people). Yet despite ‘white’ skin constantly being verbally abused, attacked and bullied you hardly see or hear about this. Why? Because it wouldn’t be an eye catching headline. The worldwide media add fuel to the fire I think they are part of the problem of racism.
The British Crime Survey reveals that in 2004, 87,000 people from black or minority ethnic communities said they had been a victim of a racially motivated crime. They had suffered 49,000 violent attacks, with 4,000 being wounded. At the same time 92,000 white people said they had also fallen victim of a racially motivated crime. The number of violent attacks against whites reached 77,000, while the number of white people who reported being wounded was five times the number of black and minority ethnic victims at 20,000. Most of the offenders (57%) in the racially motivated crimes identified in the British Crime Survey are not white. White victims said 82% of offenders were not white.
The Race Relations Act 1965 outlawed public discrimination, and established the Race Relations Board. Further Acts in 1968 and 1976 outlawed discrimination in employment, housing and social services, and replaced the Race Relations Board with Commission for Racial Equality. The Human Rights Act 1999 made organisations in Britain, including public authorities, subject to the European Convention on Human Rights. The Race Relations Act 2000 extends existing legislation for the public sector to the police force, and requires public authorities to promote equality. Although various anti-discrimination legislation do exist.
The United Kingdom has been accused of “sleepwalking toward apartheid” by Trevor Phillips, chair of that country’s Commission for Racial Equality. Philips has said that Britain is fragmenting into isolated racial communities:
“literal black holes into which no one goes without fear and trepidation and nobody escapes undamaged”.
Philips believes that racial segregation in Britain is approaching that of the United States.
“You can get to the point as they have in the U.S. where things are so divided that there is no turning back.
Do you agree?
Recently on the news Argentina legend Diego Maradona asked for action against Fifa president Sepp Blatter after his comments about on-field racism earlier. The Fifa supremo sparked controversy when he said that racism wasn’t an on-field problem and claimed that any such remarks during matches would be forgotten with a handshake at the end of a game.
In 2007 racist remarks made by contestants on the Celebrity Big Brother TV series against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty caused widespread outrage, within the UK and internationally. Demonstrators in Bangalore burned effigies of the TV Channel’s directors.
There is only one race – The Human Race