Investigating Racism Essay

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Investigating Racism

Racism is the belief that there are characteristics, abilities, or
qualities specific to each race. I have chosen racism as my topic as
racism was a destructive reality in the past, and continues to be in a
modern society. Although it is often denied, minimized or ignored,
racism continues to shatter and destroy many people's lives and I
believe that more people should be made aware of this important and
controversial issue.

I plan to address the nature, different types and reasons for racism,
and also describe the teachings of Christianity, including how
Christians have not always had a very good record in the history of
racism. I am going to address the idea of Christian beliefs being put
into action, exploring why Christians believe that fighting against
racism and injustice are important, and the different ways in which
Christians have fought against racism. I will study different
Christians who put their beliefs into action, and discuss what
situations they found themselves in, how they overcame difficulties to
combat racism and what effect they had on their particular situation.
I will also discuss what the Christian Church is doing to combat

Finally I am going to give my own opinion on the violent response to
racism, and give reasons as to why others may disagree with my views.
I will also back up all of my opinions and viewpoints with Christian
principles provided by Biblical evidence.

Interviews on the topic of Racism

I have decided to ask three people of different ages three questions
on the topic of Racism. I am interested to see whether people of
different ages have diverse viewpoints.

The first question I asked was What do you think racism is? I asked
this as I wanted to see how far people's ideas on racism differed from
the textbook definition. I first asked the question to a thirteen year
old friend, who replied "I think racism is when people show
discrimination towards people who are a different colour to
themselves. I think people who are white sometimes show prejudice
towards black people and also the other way around. Racists are often

I was given a more sophisticated reply from a twenty-five year old who
responded "I consider that racism is the belief that some people are
better than others for reasons only related to the characteristics and
abilities held by different races. This is very similar to the
dictionaries definition.

The final person I asked was a fifty year old who answered "I believe
racism is when people impose unfair treatment or violence to people
who belong to a different race to themselves. It is the belief that
some races of people are better than others.

I asked these people a second question, which was; Do any events...

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