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Posted: December 17, 2016 at 8:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (10)

Throughout the world diversity is a very prevalent theme no matter where one finds himself or herself. Any person who strives to improve the quality of his or her life should always be open to think about the effects of racism. In many cases we talk about racism when there are issues of discontent already at hand. The reality is that people of different races congregate throughout every society, and are represented in many different ways. The biggest issue that has yet to be dealt with concerns the personal beliefs of individuals when it comes to race. Are you racist? Do you even know whether you are or not? Racism is typically defined as the prejudice and/or discrimination that is levied against another race in the belief that one’s own race is superior in some way. This article will to help you determine just how open you are to other races, and if you might need help to adjust your thought processes. It should be noted that there is no better success in life than getting along with people irrespective of their race.

1. How do you tell if you are a racist?
One of the easiest ways is to take note of your reactions when around people of a different race than yourself. If you stiffen around them, think different thoughts based upon their color, religion, or ethnicity, then chances are that you do possess a racist streak. If you play into believing the stereotypes about a certain race then yes, you do have racist tendencies. If you judge another based on their race, then yes, you are a racist. For those who are raised among cultures where prejudice is an ingrained part of their life this is not so much a choice as it is a habit, but it is still a state of mind that needs to change.

2. What do you lose by being racist?
Different races are not a detractor to one race in particular. Each race has something to offer the next in matters of commerce, relationships, and simple human decency. By allowing racist attitudes to prevail an individual could possibly lose out on solid, lasting friendships, business deals that could elevate their life to new levels, and even relationships that might be long-lasting and quite happy. The world in general loses out on the benefits that can be gained when people of different races work together rather than remain parted by racist attitudes. Not only this, but the personal loss that is felt by a racist attitude is the chance to grow and develop better interpersonal skills through communicating with people of other races and cultures.

3. The benefits of accepting all races.
Through acceptance of all races humanity can accomplish almost anything. The many different economies throughout the world could flourish, mutual respect between countries would be vastly improved, and civilization might benefit from the racial harmony that emerged as a result. Were humanity to ever come together as one, without prejudice, there is no telling how evolved the human race might one day become. Without the need to divide based on race, equality would likely be a very attainable goal among human beings.

4. How do you change a racist attitude?
It becomes possible for an individual to gauge their own reaction to peoples of different color, culture, and even religion when they are aware of how they act. At that point it becomes necessary for the individual to think upon said reactions and actively change their ways. This is not a process that can be done in a single day, as it requires time and effort. But by taking note of one’s own words and actions an individual can eventually change their ways. Listening to other people as well can help to indicate whether one needs to check his/her attitude in order to improve in human relations.

In conclusion, each person’s success depends on other people whether one acknowledges this or not. Those who take a stand to be open to all races will experience a very rich and fulfilling experience in life. Those who have been liberated from racism (or tribalism) will testify to this fact. Therefore, take time to ask yourself the four questions stated above in order to start this new journey of discovering the power of human relations.

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  • December 20, 2016 at 7:19 am Dieks Theron

    An excellent article! It shows that even’inborn’ racism can be overcome. Also the major advantage of non-racialism in advancing a People and a Country.

  • December 20, 2016 at 8:01 am Derrick

    Good solid discussion. More people need to be so open on this topic. Acceptance and acknowledgement are all that will set our minds free.

  • December 20, 2016 at 9:13 am Emmie la Grange

    Well said and so true!

  • December 21, 2016 at 2:17 am Shelly

    Excellent article but I think we need to remember that racism isn’t just across colour lines. It’s across languages, religions, cultures, etc. etc. etc. Growing up as a young English White girl, I suffered a lot of “racism” from Afrikaans speaking people. There was a time in this country, if you couldn’t speak Afrikaans, you couldn’t get a job.

    BEE is supposed to equalise employment opportunities i.e. the best person for the job, but that’s not the way it currently is. If you are white, your chances of getting a job in this country are slim to none. Is that not racisim?

    It’s ok for blacks to call white people ugly names, but when a white person does the same thing, he/she is classed as a racist and it’s spread all over social media and the radio and newspapers. ANC sing songs about killing whites and the EFF encourage crime and land grabs, but that seems to be acceptable and that concerns me. White farmers are killed for no reason, women and children are killed and raped for a cellphone. This seems to be something that the present ANC government turn a blind eye to. Until all this stops and crime is under control in this country, we have no hope of ever getting rid of racism.

    When we have major sports events and the country wins, one sees the whole country stands together. I wish this could be what the country is like permanently, but that will never happen while we have the present ANC government running this country. Both the ANC and the EFF seem to incite racism. It’s as if they don’t want it to go away and look for a reason to cause division amoung they country’s citizens. There are good and bad in all races but as human beings, we tend to label all as a result of a few “bad apples”.

    Get rid of the ANC government and get rid of crime, improve the education system allowing people to learn, create employment opportunities to enable people to earn a living and thereby improve their living standards, and let’s have a democratic government where there are equal opportunities for all, irrespective of colour, race or creed, maybe then, this country will have a chance to improve and heal.

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