A Global Phenomenon Coordinator
is not over.
who says it is has not experienced it.
is hard to explain, hard to examine and hard to summarize. Many of us have
experienced racism firsthand. Many of us have friends and family who have
experienced racism first hand. But for some of us, racism is something we
read or hear about. Not something we really know.
attached to physical traits, it is the most visible sorting mechanism for
other prejudices based on religion, ethnicity, language, and economic
class. Its core principle is that one group, so defined, is privileged
because of inate superiority over another one large enough to be perceived
as competing for a share of the available good. Its core cause is probably
greed, though it is expressed through justifications believed at a
wears different faces in different countries. In the US, prejudice has
been directed against Native Americans, then African Blacks, later
Hispanics and Asians, as well as a host of ethnic subgroups of the
dominant European Caucasian society. In Greece, the country we choose to
live in, racism is the flip-side of the vaunted Greek hospitality to the
stranger. As in most other parts of the world, the solitary stranger is
accepted. When his numbers grow into a recognizable group, he may become
the object of suspicion. This is particularly true of ethnic groups for
whom historical animosity arises from war or empire.
racism must begin “at home”. It’s hard but necessary to examine
one’s own racism before tackling it further afield.
No one likes to be accused of being racist but before we react in
an angry and defensive manner, perhaps it’s better to say… I’m not
sure… I don’t know… I’d like to find out more.
in more detail:
Wiesenthal Center report on hate-speech on the Web
Stuff White People Do, a sometimes “amusing” yet serious effort to
deal with personal racism
long listing of films
with racist themes