What is Racism?
An example of Racism?
An example of racism is saying something like: “all Black people are stupid.” That is a racist statement as it generalises a race of people, and insults them based on their race. Racism is horrible and it is natural to feel upset after experiencing it. Nobody should negatively judge you based on the colour of your skin alone.
How Can You Talk About Racism?
When faced with racism, we recommend that you talk to adults about this. If it happens at school, it’s best to talk to your teachers as well as your parents. Talk about how experiencing it has made you feel; whether it has made you feel upset, angry, or self-conscious. If you face racism by another child, try telling the child how you’ve been made to feel. Hopefully, the other child can learn from this and apologise. It’s also good to have these conversations with other adults present, so they can help you achieve a resolution. Remember, racism is not your fault and you have a right to be upset.
What does it mean to be anti-racist?
Racism has been present in the world, in one form or another, for centuries. Luckily, as time has gone on, less and less people follow these beliefs or views and equality is being fought for all over the world.
The term anti-racism has risen in popularity alongside the Black Lives Matter movement. After George Floyd’s unjust death at the hands of white police officers, there were people who believed it was no longer enough to simply disagree with racism.
If you are against racism, this means you’re strongly opposed to it, and believe that every person should be treated equally, regardless of skin colour. If someone is anti-racist, this means they are prepared to fight for this equality, and are prepared to take positive action and actively oppose the act of racism. The Black Lives Matter movement saw protests that were made up of people, of all races, making a stand against the systemic racism around the world.