Essay by vetti January 1996

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Racism is a certain kind of prejudice, based on faulty reasoning and

inflexible generalizations toward a specific group. The word prejudice

comes from the Latin noun praejudicium, which means a judgment based on

previous decisions formed before the facts were known. If a person

allows their prejudiced beliefs to block the progress of another, it is

discrimination. Those who exclude all members of a race from certain

types of employment, housing, political rights, educational

opportunities, or a social interactions are guilty of racial


For centuries conflicts have taken place among three main races,

Caucasian, Asian, and Negro ranging from snobbish social exclusion, to

state- sponsored genocide. Racism is an unmerited fear or dislike of

a people because of their ethnic heritage. When colour is not a reason,

other reasons such as language, religion, nationality, education, sex,

or age become the reason of prejudice.

Sociologists, historians, anthropologists and archeologists believe

racial discrimination happens more often and most harshly when two

groups with different skin colours and unique physical features come

into contact with each other and the two compete for the same thing.

History shows that all attempts at a racial dominance result in

conflict and avoidance. But, some communities without disturbed

racial conflict can take advantage of all its citizens potential and

move toward elimination.

Our hate is caused by witnessing the behaviour of the Ku Klux Klan, our

unfavourable feeling toward a person without actual facts and the verbal

abuse that we get almost every day of our lives (if not us, then there

is someone in the world being hurt right this very minute.). The most

effective way which I believe this issue can start to be stopped is by

talking it out rationally without involving racism at that point in time

and bringing everybody together...