What steps should you take if you want to stop instances of racism from happening around you? The first step is to find out whether you are, even inadvertently, promoting racism. This often comes as a shock to many. However, the truth is that most of us indulge in some form of racism without any conscious thought. Call it racial influence or call it influence of behavior seen in childhood and accepted without question but it is the truth. There are instances where we resort to certain negative practices and have negative thoughts attached to certain races for no rhyme or reason.
Most persons deny that they may be supporting racism. However, you should understand that it is possible for even a perfectly educated and civilized individual to unconsciously tilt to effects of racial influence.
Just find out how people react when they take a look at crime statistics. The fact that the most criminals happen to be black is what will stand out in your mind. Some persons might even mention this in casual conversations. However, the fact that the individual who commits crime also happens to be
- from broken families
- without any social support and
- invariably without any opportunity to become somebody in life
will never get the same importance.
If one is to tackle racism, one must adopt a completely sterile approach towards issue. If you do not bother to learn about black heritage and understand racial history, you may not be the position to counter the problem.
If the best that you can come up with is sympathy and empathy, then you must understand that this is nothing but a positive form of discrimination. Effects of affirmative action is a debatable issue. However, it is pertinent to note that the current President of United States did not enjoy any advantage over his opponents irrespective of whether the advantage would have been justified or not.