Sunday, November 7, 2010

What are the Causes of Racism?


Racism is one of the most common issues in humanity. It haunts our past and can degrade our future. Many people on earth don't know what causes racism, yet most of us are racist. To give racism a smaller effect we need to find the causes and fix them. These are six of many causes of racism.

Upbringing: Parents have a significant effect on what their child believes and what they think. Every time the parent says or reacts harshly towards someone of a different race, they are giving their child a message that racism is the right thing to do. Hate comes from your family and is hard to change; it can also become a part of your personality and who you are.

Peer Pressure: Your friends can have the same affect on you as your parents do. You have chosen these people to be your friends so you are likely to listen to them. Therefore you are more likely to agree with what they are saying about things like people from different races. This can lead you to becoming racist.


Personal Experiences: If someone from a certain race has assaulted you, you are more likely to have fear towards people of that race. This is normal; it is natural for people to react this way. It is the same as when a colleague or friend betrays you, you are likely to have an opinion on that person’s race or culture. It is hard not to be racist because of these experiences; it goes against your survival instinct.

Stereotypes: Stereotyping is a common cause of racism. It is expressed through television, radio, internet, music and books. The result they have can make more people become stereotypes. When a person of a young age is exposed to stereotypes or to groups who are stereotyped they will assume that all are like this. Also, when a recourses it displaying a race in a negative way they will think the same way as stereotypes.

Unfamiliarity: One of the most common causes of racism is unfamiliarity. Some people become fearful of what they don't know or understand. If a child has grown up with people from only their race, then the child is more likely to become racist towards that race. This is not always the case but when someone has been given negative stereotypes, and doesn't have the life experience of being around people from a different race, the person is more likely to be racist. This is why it is really important for children to be around people from different races: to ensure that their minds adapt and to make sure they don't believe in false stereotypes in the future.

Selfishness: Selfishness is another cause of racism. We can become very selfish as humans, caring only about our self and our race. If a child is not taught to respect others then the likely-hood of them becoming racist increases. People who are caring and not selfish are more likely not to be racist.

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