What is racism and what is not


Racism is a type of discrimination. Racism discriminates, excludes and devalues ​​people, for example because of their origin, skin color, hair, name or language.

Racism is the invention that there are different "races" in people. And racism is the invention that these “races” have an order or an order. Racism discriminates against people.

Scientists today confirm that the invention of “races” is wrong. There are no “races” in humans. Because the invention is wrong, the word "race" is in quotation marks.

For example, one racist thought is: white people are better than black people.

Anyone who thinks racially does not pay attention to the personality of the individual. You think: He or she has dark skin, a certain language or a certain origin. Then he or she is also worth less or further back in the order.

Certain people are devalued, excluded, injured and disadvantaged through racism.

There are different reasons why a person experiences racism. For example, people experience racism because of their origin, skin color, hair, name or language.

If we want to fight racism, we have to talk about racism. When we talk about racism we need terms for it. Some people say: Words that are used for people of a certain origin, skin or language are often racist. Then other people ask: Which term can I use now?

The lexicon presents two answers here:
  • Some people say: People of Color is a good term for people who have experienced racism. These people chose the term themselves.
    Others say: black or black is a good term. The capital S or the oblique spelling means: It doesn't depend on the color of the skin, but on the experience with racism.
  • Other people have different opinions or like other terms. Some people also say: I don't like the term People of Color because I don't speak English very well.
  • Other people may think that finding new terms does not help against racism.
Some people say: We also need a term for people who have no experience of racism. It's important to talk about it too.

A suggestion is: White or White.

white People are people who have no experience of racism of their own. At white Most of the time you don't even talk to people about them White are. Their skin color, their origin and their view of the world are quickly taken for granted. And they are not discriminated against because of their skin color or origin. For example, it is easier for them to get a job than People of Color.

Article 3 of the Basic Law states:
"Nobody is allowed to because of their gender, their descent, his race, their language, their homeland and origin, their beliefs, their religious or political views are disadvantaged or preferred. Nobody may be disadvantaged because of his disability."

With perception is meant your own opinion or attitude.

The Basic Law is supposed to protect people from racism.
Nevertheless, people in Germany experience racism.
For example, they report:
  • Inspectors on the train sometimes think that people from another country did not buy a ticket.
  • Some music texts are racist.
  • Some food names are racist. For example the old name for chocolate kiss.
  • Black people often appear in books and films only as criminals, refugees, servants or poor people.

What can you do about racism?

Racism is not just about violence and abuse. Racism doesn't just happen to Nazis and bad people.
Racism is often unintentional.
If a person says: “There is no such thing as racism” or “I am definitely not racist”, then he cannot recognize racism and cannot change anything.
To do something against racism, everyone can start with themselves.
For example, everyone can ask themselves the following questions:
  • When have I said or done something racist myself?
  • How would I feel if someone asked me over and over again where I came from?
  • How would I feel if a lot of people touch my hair without asking?
  • How do I react if someone around me makes a racist joke or a racist statement?

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