A very good morning to one and all present here. Today, I will be giving a short speech on the topic of ‘Racism’.
Google defines the term ‘racism’ to be “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism by an individual, community, or institution against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.” It also states that racism involves “the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.”
Meanwhile, Wikipedia states as follows: “Racism is the belief that groups of humans possess different behavioural traits corresponding to inherited attributes and can be divided based on the superiority of one race over another.”
Simply put, racism is to discriminate and oppress a person on the basis of their race. Although racism is predominantly viewed in the light of the White community establishing their superiority over the Black community, this behaviour of theirs also extends to other races and ethnicities such as Asian and so on.
Racism is a social evil. It is a plague that infests minds and corrupts them, lulling them into a false sense of superiority which in turn spurs one to disregard a group or community as a whole and develop prejudices and hatred towards them. This animosity and mistrust, in tun, leads to drastic consequences.
Racism ought to be eradicated. Human beings as a whole need to come to the understanding that all of us are equal. After all, Nelson Mandela has once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”