My View of Racism


Racism is mindless hateful attitude/belief about any group of people indentified in terms of race, religion, sect, nationality, gender,…

It exists among a large number of people in all nations and cultures towards one or more other groups. Practically all racism is reciprocal between groups.

(a) Racism is wrong because any generalization about groups is never factually correct.

(b) It is pathetic because racists are prone to hate fellow humans.

(c) It is evil because it has the potential for harming other groups.

This last aspect makes racism asymmetrical. What this means, to give an example, is that in countries where one group, whether  it is the majority or the minority, holds power over another one type of racism is blatant and often condemned whereas the reciprocal racism is seldom mentioned in public because subscribers to it are not powerful enough to cause harm

There are two types of racism: Passive and Active.

Passive racists harbor racist thoughts, share them with close friends and fellow-racists, but don’t/can’t find experessions for their racist ideas.

Active racists convey their racissm through attitudes, behavior, and public statement. They can be dangerous when they gain power. Though not described thus, every intolerant religious and ideological bikgot is at heart a racist.

22 May 2018

 

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Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

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