“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority.” — Booker T. Washington

Racism is the erroneous assumption that certain individuals are stronger and superior to others because of a genetic trait related to skin colour and race. Many corrupt people use racism as an excuse to justify horrific behaviour towards others. Racism doesn’t only apply to skin colour, but it also goes for culture or beliefs. In places such as France, islamophobia and islamophobic narratives are highly prevalent, and the French state  limits Muslims. These limitations includenot being permitted to wear a hijab under the age of 18. As a result of racism and hatred, they went extreme and attacked two mosques in New Zealand in March 2019,  killing 51 people and leaving 40 injured. However, it does not need to involve violent behaviour. Take racial name-calling and jokes. Or consider situations when people may be excluded from groups or activities because of where they come from.

Racism can be revealed through people’s actions as well as their attitudes. It can be seen in structures and organisations as well. However, it is possible that it will not be announced at all. Racism isn’t always clear. As an example, some may review a list of job applicants and decide not to interview those with certain surnames.

Its more than just words, beliefs and actions. It includes all the barriers that prevent people from enjoying dignity and equality because of their race. Racism makes people try to change who they are to make themselves feel “normal” and to “fit in” when really every race fits in.  

A black man named Ben Frazier, stated an excellent statement saying, “This battle we are talking about is not a battle against marble, stone, metal, brass, but against what all of these Confederate memorials truly represent: oppression of people of colour”. This statement is very wise since it shows people that all they want is peace and justice and to be treated like others and not to be left out because of their appearance.

Appearance is only a small percentage of what makes you, you and your personality and instincts do the rest. People assume black people would be murderers or bad people and they would assume Muslims are terrorists and they would consider Asians the reason Covid-19 began but all these are simply very ignorant thoughts. In conclusion, I would just like to make it clear that racism shouldn’t be a trend or something that we think is funny because it changes the mindset of those getting affected and changes people all over the world.

Racism’s Poison by Kindah Elnaggary


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