Whenever we hear the word “racism,” we feel deeply hurt inside. Racism has acquired a very negative nuance and to some extent, critical. Although racist behaviour is branded as a grave social evil, there are some biased intellects who do not hesitate from openly advocating the racist philosophy. One can be a racist in spite of his/her own religion, intelligence, culture or social status. It is the degree and generosity which one shows towards members of his/her own race or other social groups. It can be assumed that racists exist in all races. Racism is only implicit in behavior. People are racist because it is easy to pick on those who are different in any way. Here are the top 7 racist behaviors that we often ignore.
7. Advocacy in favor of segregation:
This avocation has a belief system that different races should live separately. They should have distinct education and their rituals are distinct, especially inter-marriages, and these are beyond imagination. This belief system was the origin of caste system and our society is still perished by its further consequences. It is one of the most common racist behaviours but often overlooked.
6. Taking extreme pride in one’s own country or race:
Patriotism is admirable but anything in excess becomes a hazard. Excessive patriotism can result in negative consequences. When nationalism reaches to its extreme level, this sentiment can be the root cause of Fascism. The problem is that this kind of feeling, although one of the many racist behaviours, is often mistaken as passionate love for country.
5. Belittlement of other races:
Racists will constantly criticize the opinions, philosophy and culture of other races, so far as going to the extent of ridiculing them. Often racists will do it without explicitly taking names of the race of an individual or groups.
Our indifferent attitude toward the members of other races than our own is nothing but signs of racist behaviour. It is typical of the racist to claim that he is under no obligation to lend a hand. When majority of members of the disadvantaged group are not of one’s own race, there is an altercation in behavioral pattern.
3. Rejection of others:
A racist appreciates the idea of rejection. They deny the other person’s or group’s intelligence, cultural level, social status or other merits, even if they get full-proof evidence, proving these qualities. The racist will attempt to contradict the obvious things.
2. Treating people of other races as racial stereotypes:
People often tend to project racial stereotypes, and they do it in very subtle ways. Like, association of race with culture, a belief that certain races are more adept in particular jobs or functions, a belief in differences of intelligence between races et al.
1. Antagonistic sentiments:
When a person acts with hostility towards someone at the first sight, it is often based on skin color. Mostly people decode individual’s quality, on the basis of skin color. Some social scientists suggest that racist behaviour is a natural reaction that stems from the days when we were cavemen. The only information that one normally draw about someone at first glance, is his/her skin colour.