ANTI RACISM INCREASES INTOLERANCE ACCORDING TO STUDIES – It never ceases to amaze me how Government likes to play the ‘race’ card at almost every opportunity in order to keep us from discriminating, or so that’s how it is spun, against ethnic minorities.
When you look carefully at modern Western societies, and certainly if you split society up into geographical areas, it is surprising just how many of those so-called ethnic minority groups outnumber the indigenous population. That statement alone could be construed as being racist but the truth is ‘racism’ is as an excuse to such an extent that almost anything we say about another ethnic group could be perceived as being racist.
What is the definition of racism? Treating people differently based solely on the colour of their skin? That’s how it is perceived by most and yet the dictionary gives a much wider synopsis. The dictionary’s technical term:
1. The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as…
2. Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief.
Let’s just take a better look at the ‘public’ interpretation of racism, that is treating people differently due to their colour and compare this with the dictionary’s interpretation. Note that the public’s perception is simply based on colour but the dictionary provides a great in-depth look and in fact notes a person’s characteristics or abilities to a specific race and then goes on to say that if we think this way or voice the fact that we are different in any way then we are being racist.
It would appear that racism goes beyond the colour of a person’s skin but also their abilities, culture and dare I say religion.
The truth is that racism by Government’s imposing ‘political correctness’ has widened the definition of racism to such a point it is now impossible to talk about another person, in almost any context, without being racist. Merely mentioning the fact that someone else is of another or different ethnicity is in itself a racist act.
The UK Government, as part of its education policies requires all schools to give children anti racism lessons, however a recent major study found that these lessons were in fact make pupils more intolerant.
We are not born with the mindset that the colour of a person’s skin, their abilities or culture is offensive and yet that is what is being taught. If nobody found it offensive then racism would not have to be defined and by teaching children to be tolerant of other ethnic groups only goes further in segregating a society. Our intolerance is growing due to educational propaganda that we are in fact different – which contradicts what the Government and educators insist is a false prophesy in that we are not different – if this is the case then why education us in the first place that we are not different and that laws have to be created to enforce such a belief?
The study noted that anti racism lesson left ‘white’ student feeling animosity against the system as they are seen as the instigators of racism this in turn creates an unwillingness to openly discuss race issues. One of the most disturbing parts of the study revealed that a ‘white’ person would not even discuss ‘Honour Killings’ as they felt that any such discussion would be construed as racist in that it vilifies an ethnic ‘culture’.
The study was carried out in the Netherlands; a country which has openly stated that a ‘multi-cultural’ society does not work as ‘racism’ only furthers the division of people; segregating them into their minority groups and fuelling animosity and intolerance against one another.
The Netherlands firmly puts the blame of this situation directly on the doorstep of Great Britain for its historic racism and which demands, through legislation, the creation of minority cultures; which is enforced through the national curriculum.
Age Range: 14 to 15
No. Schools: 10
Ethnicity: Varied colour, class and culture
The study further produced evidence that intolerance covered those with strong religious and ethnic identity and generally towards those who refuse to adopt the culture of the host country; which has led some academics to believe that the teaching of racism and multiculturalism has an definite negative effect on people and worryingly produces heightened levels of xenophobia.
One of the most disturbing consequences of these lessons is that ethnic minority groups are learning that we will shy away from discussing anything that could be remotely viewed at ‘racist’ and therefore are using this as a way to impose their cultures and beliefs on others and if any resistance is shown they simply stand up and announce we are being racist.
The issue here is that the Government’s insistence that we refrain from any racist view or action, through education and legislation, only exasperates the division of colour and culture and that continuous indoctrination of racism will only fuel intolerance and allow those who are of a different colour or culture to use it as a means of controlling what we say or do.
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