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Racism: A Big Problem That Still Needs Solving

Updated on April 25, 2013

To this day, racism remains one of this planet's biggest problem, right alongside corrupt government officials, environmental problems, and crime. In the United States, youth who are minority, and even just being female, are more likely to be incarcerated for minor status offenses than boys or not of the minority. There is never any sure way to end racism once and for all, even in our country, the United States of America. But that doesn't mean we should stop trying.

To counter against racism, the message must get out that ALL men AND women, are the same on the inside, no matter what country they're from or what their inherited culture and heritage are. Men and women of different ethnic backgrounds and beliefs have proven themselves time and again, their capabilities as equals to each other. Doesn't the Olympics show how capable each and every country is in providing a competent contender of both genders, in competitions? It proves that race and gender are not factors for inferiority, nor superiority.

All around us, there is disproof of the concept that just because someone is a certain race, or a certain gender, or follow a certain belief, that person is inferior, or should be an object of hate and isolation. We have business owners, politicians and such who are different races, such as Asian, African-American, or Caucasian, all equally successful. Once, we were so very close to having our first woman president, but instead, have our first non-Caucasion president, still a first, and a plus.

And when we find ourselves making comparisons between religious beliefs or just beliefs in general, we should not just look at the differences, but at the similarities too. It's not just Christianity that feels that killing, thieving and such are wrong. Buddhism and Islam also feel that way. In any big city, London, Tokyo, Beijing, etc., murder is a crime that should be punished, by law. In those same cities of different countries, the people all have something in common, they have families, dreams, and work to make a living, making them no different from each other.

The color of a person's skin, their gender, nor their religious beliefs should be factors or scrutiny or judgement, but by what's on the inside, their actions, and individual capability. Men and women of different ethnic backgrounds have proven themselves worthy of equality, and they will continue to do so. So, if you're of a different ethnic background, or follow a different religion, just work hard and prove that you're just as capable as the next average joe.


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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      cmoneyspinner1tf, I agree that love is something we need. Thank you for reading! I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      When I was young, innocent and naïve, my solution was that if everybody just thought of each other as if they were family, there would be no racism. But sometimes family can be even worse! So I no longer think in terms of swapping one problem with another. (You can laugh. It's OK. Although I'm not really joking.) But I do know that LOVE is all we need.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for reading, Nadine. You have made some very interesting points.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You said it, racism remains one of this planet's biggest problem. Glad you wrote this hub. In SA they even made it legal! When I arrived in SA in the mid seventies, that was the first time I learned about the apartheid law. I've seen and heard from so many people of all races how they truly suffered great injustice due to this apartheid law! The only ever time I was allowed to cast a vote ( having a dutch passport) was when Mandela was freed to stand for president.

      Today we see that racism is still rife, but now its reversed. It seems that school leavers have to be black to get a job, or to get any chance to have a future in SA. Our children ( 5 ) have all left SA for there is no opportunity for them to make a living in SA. We are glad for now that our grandchildren are not growing up in SA. Sad for us, but the ANC government is so corrupt, they bleeding the country dry.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, Jackie and Rebecca, for reading.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Short, to the point and very very true! Thanks!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Does seem a losing battle doesn't it. Even government that pretends to be against this will use it for themselves against us when it serves their purposes.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks! It's great that you agree. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very well said. This is a very important issue that we hope to completely eliminate in the future when we all become one regardless of color or creed. Good job!