Racism, the Culture of Insecurity

The Paradox of Scolding Philosophy and Exacerbating the Perceptible Contempt


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Racism is wrong! It is evil and rejected by every rational person with the right mind. Nevertheless, it is not a new happening, as it always prevails to hit the news headlines. Despite its historical presence, it is still perceived and dealt with differently by the populace because of the varying point of reference to a particular situation at a given moment in time. “Indeed, we are living in the realm of a cultural affair.”

Racism, too, like many others, has turned into a bandwagon. For instance, if someone dislikes a color, way of life, or even somewhat feels insecure simply because others believe the same way, everyone else will follow. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, once people are threatened by knowing that someone or a group of people don’t grasp them as fellow humans, they create their assembly to counteract the other’s thoughts or initiatives. Such discriminatory behaviors are independently morbid, not necessarily for the context; they are nourished, but merely because of their potential consequences.

Racism also transpires when something or someone holding a detailed profile suffix that gains widespread popularity, feeling a sense of preponderance. The conclusion is entrenched in the extreme depth of a persons’ ethnic profile. We all know such a notion is erroneous and has no basis, particularly in ways a person is allied. Since, if one has a developed intelligence or has an advantage- it is merely because of individual factors and not the suffix they care, such as white.

We condemn racism and fascism to the extreme, notwithstanding where to draw the line between counter discrimination and maintenance of freedom of expression is the space where is a highly delicate topic.

The inquest is- do we outlaw racist philosophy and even speech- or the conviction to a crime spurred by the racist viewpoints? Or let the vulgar, prejudiced mind vent itself through freedom of expression. Then, we punish the committer based on the wicked act?- Before we answer the questions, let’s foremost recap the chronology of racism.

So, What is Racism?

Racism stands for the assumption that a distinct human race is superior or subordinate to another. A racist person is a somewhat genetic reductionist trusting that a set of inherent biological traits predestines the social and moral attributes. Racial separatism outlines that different races should remain segregated and apart from one another.

Racism is a comparatively new concept, ascending in the European age of colonialism, the ensuing growth of capitalism, and especially the Atlantic slave trade. As the significant driving force, racism originates from the underlying dark side of the human ego, ethnocentrism. However, during colonialism, It became an influential vigor behind racial segregation, with more emphasis in the 19th century’s the United States and South African apartheid.

Racism has played a unique role in atrocities and massacres such as the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and killing of Serbs and colonial projects, and the European colonization of the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Racism is Rooted in Cultural Profile

Racism is frequently interpreted as individual prejudice, but in reality, racism is different beyond “individual diversity,” every individual irrespective of the perceived profile. Racism is a systemic cultural emblem in the “profile” of cultural artifacts, ideological discourse, and institutional realities that work collectively with individual likings.

According to some scholars, three key insights on the psychology of racism have derived from utilizing a cultural-psychology framework.

· First, Racism is rooted in everyday human environments.· Second, through our partialities and choices, people often support racialized contexts in their day to day activities.· Third, we occupy cultural realms that promote racialized customs of seeing, being in, and acting in the world.

Racist yet cultural perspective directs efforts at activities that are distracting to the individual tendencies. Alternatively, it converges on changing the mind structures in a context that reflects and portrays a given profile or prefix, such as racial domination.

Culture is the Root of Populism and Ethnocentrism

The customary dogmas, social schemes, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group

Carrying the characteristic features of everyday existence in a society is the driver of the populace, hence ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism plays a fundamental part in the wave of populist views. For example, About sixty-one percent (61%) of the German populist party, AfD, 56% of National Front backers in France, and nearly half of the Party for Freedom (PVV) supporters in the Netherlands believe their people’s culture is “superior to others.” This sense of national cultural pre-eminence is far less accepted among the rest of the public in their countries.

Ethnocentrism is the Core Ingredient of Populism

Ethnocentrism is a significant player in dividing different ethnicities, races, and religious groups. It’s the belief that one’s ethnic group is superior to another. Ethnocentric individuals gather they’re better than others for reasons based wholly on their heritage. Base on that assumption, there comes the concept of “protectionism.”

Protectionism is the economic strategy of curbing imports from other nations through methods such as tariffs on imported goods, import allowances, and various other government regulations. The idea is supposed to protect the interest and reduce competition for ordinary people. Consumer protectionism and ethnocentrism can be examined as a winding formation of mutual relationships, individual preferences, and stances built from one`s comparative self-identification and stemmed from a collective dogma that a distinct cultural, national, or religious assemblage is different or superior to others.

Populism is an impetus for Racism.

The Princeton political scientist Jan‐​Werner Müller once said-

“In addition to being antielitist, populists are evermore antipluralists,”

Populists claim that they are the only representative of the people. But, the opener to understanding the fundamental populist ideology is that the people, according to the populist vision, do not incorporate all the people. It rejects “the elite” or a particular group of public profiles, also referred to as the enemies of the people. The enemies of the populace may be specified in many guises depending on the cultural or social sphere, such as foreigners, the press, minorities, religion, businesspeople, the “1 percent,” or others seen as not being part of them or are from a different ethnicity. As evident as it is, Populism is discriminatory and apartheid.