Racism has been defined by many scholars as the prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s race is superior or a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
For many, it is believed that an individuals race is superior over the other and this is often seen among the white race.
Growing up, there were so many stories I heard and saw in movies which portrayed that, the white race is supernatural and are better than the black race, a typical example is a very popular movie we all watch whenever the Easter or Christmas season is here, “Jesus Film”.
In this movie, it was portrayed that Jesus Christ the Son of God is a white man so it psyched the minds of many people that, every white man is Jesus so we all have to bow to him whenever we see a Whitman. This assumption has made the white man think he is superior over every other person and he is the only one who can invent, manufacture and establish things. They even have the assumption that they can only be leaders and no black race can lead them.
For this reason, many black people have resorted to changing their skin colour from the dark and lovely skin to a white-tone skin just to be accepted by the whites, forgetting that, no matter how you dress a cake there is always some part that tastes bitter.
How it all started.
In the quest to control the world and its resources, the white man moved from his country into various parts of the world especially Africa to rule and take control of their lives because the white man saw nothing good in the life of the Blackman. After all, according to history, the black race was discovered among the animals.
During the colonial era, the Whiteman made good use of the Blackman because we had a strong immune system that is used for hard labour, many of our forefathers were taken away against their will as slaves into Europe and other parts of the world.
Through the slave trade, many of the African race managed to find their feet in these countries where they settled and got married. Most of them intra-married and others also inter-married, which made them exchange their offspring with their partners leading to child-birth.
Today, you will find many African or black race in most of them who are citizens of different countries because of the slave-trade. Many of these people have even lost sight of who they are and where they are from because they find themselves in another man’s country which makes them think they also belong to that country. This is because birth tourism allows them to become citizens of these nations.
For many decades now, the world is battling with various kinds of discrimination ranging from, women and men, children, race, football and the likes. The typical one which is one a high rise is a race and gender inequality.
According to various articles I consulted, the world’s racism is very high in Europe and some part of Asia with 78% and 56% discrimination rates respectively.
A study of social attitudes that was conducted at Harvard University from 2002–15 has mapped the countries in Europe with the highest incidents of racial bias towards black people, based on data from 288,076 white Europeans. It used the Implicit-association test (a reaction-based psychological test that is designed to measure implicit racial bias). The weakest bias was found in Serbia and Slovenia, and the strongest bias was found in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Malta, Moldova, Bulgaria, Italy, and Portugal.
Racism against people
On Thursday 9th April 2020, the world health organisation president Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he has received death threats and racist insults while running the global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report sighted on cnbc.com, Mr. Ghebreyesus said ‘I don’t give a damn’ about the racist insults and attacks he is getting from able critics in the fight against the COVID19.
The Coronavirus pandemic according to many is a clear opportunity for the world to unite as one people and fight the disease but for many, this is the best time to unleash their racist sentiments on people who are don’t have the same skin colour as them.
On social media, I have seen several messages from China on how they are treating the black race or the African’s who are currently in China. According to the report, they have been restricted in so many ways but the Chinese are allowed certain things at the detriment of the African’s.
The media is said to be the major tool that is being used as a channel to propagate any information about the COVID19 to citizens across the world. With its focus on the number of death cases and confirmed cases, the media also took a turn to report on the issue of the racist comment and attacks on the president of the world health organisation ignoring the various racism attacks people are going through in Europe and Asia amidst the COVID19.
Well, I will say it because of prominence which is also one of the news values in Journalism. The president of the world health organisation is an important personality so anything about him is news but for the ordinary African who is currently facing discrimination in China and some parts of the world is not important because no one has been killed over that yet.
Most people say the media is only interested in bad news, oh yes that’s true, the media takes delight in bad news because they treat the news a commodity they are selling so if you want people to buy your product, the product must be spicy and full of curiosity so that it will attract the customer to find out more about it.
In football, racism has been one of the major challenges which compelled the world football federation FIFA, to set some stringent measures to curb the situation, but still many people discriminate. Musicians are also trying their best to use music as a tool to fight racism but that also has become a challenge, Lucky Dube started the campaign against racism with his music “Different colours” but that also couldn’t stop racism.
So now, what can be used to stop racism?
Many people have suggested that racism can be eradicated through the united nations sustainable development goals, goal 5 to be precise, but the question of how can this be used as a tool to stop it? To me, racism can be stopped if we all start seeing each other as one people and not seeing each other as superior of the other, when we all start treating each other with respect and love each other just like we love our race.