Racism is a disease. It would not be untrue to say that the effects of racism works and spreads like a plague. To understand the concept of “Racism is a disease”, we must develop a comprehensive understanding of Racism itself. Treatment can only be prescribed once the disease is diagnosed properly.
What is Racism?
Racism is a delusional belief where someone strongly believes that they are superior to others. In other words, we can say:
Racism refers to categorizing, rewarding, punishing, and treating people based on the perceived differences.
What are the Different Forms of Racism?
Racism has several forms which could be expressed through attitudes and actions. Some of them are very subtle forms of racism.
Individual Racism is also called Internalized racism. It exists within individuals.
This form of racism occurs between individuals where a person holds negative attitudes towards the other individual race or society.
This type of racism refers to institutional and cultural practices that promote racial inequality.
Structural racism refers to how the joint operation of institutions produces racialized outcomes, even in the absence of racist intent. It will cause inequalities in power and access to opportunities.
Racism is a Disease
Racism is a disease far worse than any other illness. Any ordinary chronic disease will only cause harm to a person’s mind or body whereas Racism will engulf the whole society or a nation.
If racism is allowed in a society, on one hand, it will create victims. On the other hand, there are chances that the victims may become racists themselves.
A long-term prevalence of racism in society will create a divide and will spread like a plague.
A recent racism example is the George Floyd case, where he died in police custody on 25 May 2020. This incident caused a wave of anger among African Americans following nationwide protests.
Many of the properties and businesses were set on fire during these protests. According to the Foundation for Economic Education, George Floyd Riot caused $2 Billion in damages.
According to Forbes, 19 people died in the George Floyd riots.
The Department of Justice published a FBI releases 2019 Hate Crime Statistics. According to the report, submitted by 15588 law enforcement agencies, 7,103 single-bias incidents involved 8,552 victims. 211 multiple-bias hate crime incidents, which involved 260 victims.
If we calculate the above figures of 2019 in percentages, we get Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry/Bias 57.6%, Religion 20.1%,Sexual Orientation 16.7%, Gender Identity 2.7%, Disability 2.0%, Gender 0.9%. From the figures and percentage results, it is clear that race,/ethnicity crimes are above all the other hate crimes.
When we are discussing racism, we should always remember that it will have a dual effect. The first would be on the person or the community who is being victimized or discriminated against. This part is commonly understood and acknowledged.
On the other hand, it will also have an effect on the community not racist living in the same society. Act of one or few will disgrace the overall innocent community or the society.
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