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Defining Racism From A Chiristian Perspective

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Defining Racism From a Chiristian Perspective

Racism can be defined as prejudice against people of another race or
ethnic group. Prejudice means to pre-judge someone - making up your
mind on someone or something before you have all the facts. When
people are being racist or prejudiced, they use their views to
physically or verbally harm others who they see as to be 'different'
to them. The Church of England and Roman Catholic are both against
racism of any type.

Though it is known to be wrong, racism still frequently occurs and
thousands of people have died because of it. An example of a major
racist act is the Apartheid System in South Africa. The word apartheid
is Afrikaan and means 'separateness' or 'apartness'. There were laws
invented that made some forms of racism legal. It began in 1948. It
was where Blacks were banned from the best cinemas, buses, schools and
even hospitals. In 1985 it was made legal for all races to mix
socially, though all non-whites had to have an identity pass.
Apartheid eventually ended in 1994 because President Mandela's
government abolished it. These conditions were created though only 15%
of the population was white. There is also a group of anonymous white
people who are called the Ku Klux Klan. They cause a lot of misery and
show their prejudices in very violent ways. They would go round
killing and torturing blacks because they thought that it was right.

Racism to black people can be traced back to the 1800s when Black
Africans were sold as slaves to the wealthy Americans because they
were cheap labour. In 1979, the Race Relations Act was made so that
all races would be treated equally: -

A person discriminates against another in any circumstances relevant
for the purposes of any provision of this Act If-

(a) on racial grounds he treats that other less favourably than he
treats or would treat other persons; or

(b) he applies to that other a requirement or condition which he
applies or would apply equally to persons not of the same racial group
as that other but-

(i) which is such that the proportion of persons of the same racial
group as that other who can comply with it is considerably smaller
than the proportions of persons not of that racial group who can
comply with it; and

(ii) which he can not show to be justifiable irrespective of the race,
colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins of the persons to
whom it is applied; and

(iii) which is the detriment of that other because he cannot comply
with it.

(a) (ii) What Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about
racism?

There are many teachings in the Bible that suggest that racism is very
wrong. God showed agape to all his followers, no matter what race.
This is shown in Acts 10:34 - ' it is true that God treats everyone on
the same...

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