Why is racism still in existence
xanderiley: Because people have been taught prejudice by their folks, who got it from theirs, etc.
Because people have a phobia that once their group loses political power, there shall be payback in the form of seizure and redistribution of property and wealth to the new majority and other nonsense.
Because people who are fearful on both sides against the unknown other are easier to control and manipulate by those with the resources to do so.
Peaceforpeople: I truly believe it still exists cause people are fearful and ignorant. I believe that racism is a symptom of ignorance and fear. Without being racist, or picking on a particular Nation, lets look at Americans. Unfortunately, a large section of that Nation think that they are the greatest nation on earth, without ever having been out of the country. Having pride in your nation is one thing, and it's great, but to think that you are better than others, more superior or matter more is a mistake and sadly opens the minds door to intolerance, hatred and a host of other negatives.
Racism is disgusting. The thing is, when you look a the example of South Africa, during apartheid, the ruling whites believed that what they were doing was righteous, justified and the will of god. This racism and ignorance, ultimately brought the government down. Justice and liberty are not things that only some people deserve. They are the right of all people and those that try to deny justice to others are on a path that can only lead to one thing. Failure. It may take a long time, and people may need to struggle for a long time to achieve it but in the end, good triumphs over evil.
Racism is the ultimate "Litmus Test" that shows in an instant, just how evolved a person is spititually and mentally. We can all be angry with certain countries policies but we need to be very careful about putting that anger onto an entire people, no matter how tempting or angry regimes injustices make us get.
On a personal level, I would much rather live with peace and love in my heart than hatred and anger.
missapplefritter: Some people feel the superiority over others. Thinking that they are better than some or most people ( I say, this is a high form of vanity ). Sad but it's the reality. At some point in our life, we have had gone different situations of racism. We can read it anywhere, we can experience it somewhere.
I hope hatred among nations will soon be vanished.....let's be brothers and sisters. Afterall, we are just a piece of dust.
SPIRIT-ONE: Quick answer to the the question at hand ,not enough racial intermixing of the races ,once there is ,we will have a worldwide race of 'cream colored people'
PanNet: Innate characteristic of human is the constant attempt to dominate another human. Hence racism and other forms of behavior "master race"
Topsyturvy: Every race has a major superiority complex. Myself as a white person, consider myself better than all other races. History speaks for itself, look at the last 1000 years, who was it that left their shores and invaded the entire world, with there guns and boats. Wasn't dark skinned people that's for sure. I appologise just stating facts. Good and bad, smart and dumb, etc people in every race. later....
Amal_Hope: Why there is no racism in other animals communities...LOL.
Come on... Let's grow up!!! we are in the twenty-first century.
bahcatha: simply put racism exists because the human race exists, a race to see who will rule in the end, religion fuels racism and supremacy. White supremacists hate jews because they believe some crap that the bible says, they hate blacks because they believe God is white, religions are at each others throat because they all feel supreme to each other. Blacks hate whites at least in america because they feel that whites invented slavery when in fact the first slave owners in recorded history ( if you consider the bible to be an accurate historical record) were the egyptians who were black and their slaves were jews, racism is a form of ignorance perpetuated by religious beliefs.
Uber_Flugleheimer: I believe that racism and prejudice still and will always exist because there is always a need for dominance. Racism is in its essence an act of trying to put forth ones (race) own dominance upon and inferior race. Not to say that i do or do not agree. There has been since the beginning of time a need to keep races and other diversities divided. In simpletons terms its just a fight for power. Read the history books. My answer will be justified by these events that have happened over the centuries.
Hyenablood: here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada a human rights building is being built and will be done...sometime in the future.
There is a saying that everyone must remember - those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it.
duncan123: some people are congenital racists and a lot of people are like them with some of the same condition to a smaller degree.
most of the old "race" statements have been totaly shown to be group interests --mostly german group interests, but a lot of others have the same congenital dieases which caused the racist idears. presidents of south africa have explained the link between rasist outcomes and poverty.
there has been several of the not-human "people" living and moving around here. they are n't human and seem intent on something.
with the "royals" haveing a tv bash next may i expect there to be a lot more "new" races at play. i was in westminster when they had that funeral and there was dozens of them with guns. parisian police had said that they were facing a wave of crimes by non-humans which they expected to fizzle out as the non -humans died . what happened i don,t know
so racist -of the group type- are now in danger of being victims if not death
even the serbians said these others were rough
Serabi: "Racism is disgusting. The thing is, when you look a the example of South Africa, during apartheid, the ruling whites believed that what they were doing was righteous, justified and the will of god. This racism and ignorance, ultimately brought the government down. Justice and liberty are not things that only some people deserve. They are the right of all people and those that try to deny justice to others are on a path that can only lead to one thing. Failure. It may take a long time, and people may need to struggle for a long time to achieve it but in the end, good triumphs over evil."
Racism in South Africa is worse now than ever! As youngsters we didn't know black races and cultures. Now primary school children 'hate'. Now they see first-hand that young black children are killed for their body parts, young children as young as 8 months are raped to cure AIDS. The 15 year black government has done very little to 'uplift' their own people. Nepotism is rife. White businesses are closing because businessmen are leaving the country. Unemployment is rising. Murders are now called tribal Justice.
It is unlawful to call a black person a 'baboon' or a 'monkey', yet, our Chief of Police, Cele, can call an Indian tourist a MONKEY.
The double standards are ludicrous. What is good for the black goose is definitely not good for the white gander in Africa.
When a white person is killed by a black person - it is crime. When a black person is killed by a white person - it is racism.
And Yes - I have black friends, real friends who cannot wait to get out of the African cesspool.
Racism exists, Educated black people who 'despise' their 'own race'.
'They are the right of all people and those that try to deny justice to others are on a path that can only lead to one thing. Failure. It may take a long time, and people may need to struggle for a long time to achieve it but in the end, good triumphs over evil."
Africa is really bettering itself, this time the word - as stated above, is "FAILIURE'
Ace: going thru this thread... all sensible points.. i was beaten up a couple of weeks ago after a party here in the UK, and i remember someone calling me a terrorist.. i only feel bad for the ignorant..
dude, u need to unwind.. i mean.. read those lines of ur first post.. seriously, what history do u know?? have u heard about Nalanda and Takshashila?? that should get u started.
and to everyone else, racism will prevail till the time people like our friend Topsyturvy keeps talking.. there is no predominant race as i would like to believe.. it is possible to bring the world under a virtual roof through the internet, but the earth is still quite large for such messages.
Aryaa: Someone posted -
Every race has a major superiority complex. Myself as a white person, consider myself better than all other races. History speaks for itself, look at the last 1000 years, who was it that left their shores and invaded the entire world, with there guns and boats. Wasn't dark skinned people that's for sure.
lol...leaving shores, invading entire world with guns and boat...that is act of superiority ??? How about considering it as ruthless, violent, inhuman, primitive act? Ever heard about peace, non-violence, brotherhood? Duh!! White-skinned person with ignorant dark heart.
IamEggman: Our brains still have the hard wiring from 20,000 years ago when we only knew those in our small tribe and rarely, if ever, moved from the small plot of land we lived on. Racism is, i think, just a symptom of of that tribalism. Although these days we know racism is wrong on every level, the fear of our land being stolen or us being attacked by another tribe is still there.
Aryaa: I fail to understand how in the current scenario, one can think in terms of own tribe? I mean...comeon...all human is just one tribe. All barriers exist in mind and the effort should be to break the ones that are no longer needed.
"Although these days we know racism is wrong on every level, the fear of our land being stolen or us being attacked by another tribe is still there."
You know...unknowingly you have touched upon the core issue of Islam-fundamentalism. They think they are threatened, their land is grabbed and they will be attacked by 'other' tribe. And it is because of this that they call upon ..all the others to unite in the name of religion. So, are they wrong or right...then? Racism or fundamentalism....2 names...one issue.
duncan123: i disagree
people have shown racism to be a diseased condition
far from being hard wired (or "battle hardened" for that matter) these people are ill and have been for sometime
whats that to u or me? as we don't like racists wheres the beef?
i agree that they also follow other harmful idears , in usa called "work for aliens" meaning the not human thing and they blight our lives by saying nasty things