Is the problem of Racism a Political or Moral issue?
Racism- A believe that race is primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiorty of a particular race; racial prejudice or discrimination.
The problem of racism is a complex one; it is difficult to characterize it or place it into any one category due to its far-reaching effects and implications. It is evident, however, that moral issues generate social concerns which, in turn, must be dealt with by political means. Therefore, if the government’s response to social issues is inadequate, the moral issues that precipitated the problems will continue to exist and grow worse. Such is the problem of racism in America.
The thoughts and affections of men cannot be legislated; the secret hates and prejudices of an individual heart are not bridled by any law. Only the actions of a person can be, to any extent, controlled. So, if there is a law that dictates that no one will be denied employment due to race or ethnicity, then employers must abide by this. Nevertheless, in job locations all over America, applicants are carefully scrutinized and shrewd employers know just how to weed out those prospective employees who don’t have the “look” that would best “suit” their establishment. The same holds true for housing. Landlords, building and homeowners, and block associations work hard to keep their homes and neighborhoods “intact.”
Are these actions signs of moral decay or governmental laxity and neglect? Is there a system to monitor the hiring practices of employers for every available job in the country? Is there a board or taskforce to support individuals or families who are turned away from new residences due to race or ethnicity? Where does the moral issue end and the political responsibility begin? The dawning realization is that perhaps we as a nation of diverse peoples will never be able to coexist without prejudice and fear, the twin roots of racism.
Racism is a moral issue; racism is a political issue. The government of the United States should make every effort to insure that each individual is allowed his or her “inalienable rights” as outlined in the constitution. This will be an ongoing process as lawmakers face the new challenges brought about by the ever-increasing diversity of the population. The greater need is that of the individual. Until we as a people learn to see each other through the eyes of God, we will never see one another without fear and prejudice. “Then Peter replied, ‘I see very clearly that God doesn't show partiality. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.’”
Racism is most likely an evolved behaviour, part of our group-sorting mechanism that determines kin versus outsider, enemy versus friend, combined with our sometimes flawed heuristic of associating behaviours with groups that possess a trait in common.
In otherwords it is an emergent phenomenon that probably comes about from overly sensitive group sorting and kin determination heuristics.
Side: Flawed heuristics
It's more than the color of somebodies skin. There are religious views, political views and stereotypes. The stereotypes are generalizations based on certain actions or habits of a few people. Others assume that to be true for the whole group.
To answer your question it's a moral issue. You can make as many laws as you want saying that racism is wrong, but the real question is will people feel guilty or not breaking these laws.
political and religious. ever since the both have been formed together (starting heavily in the dark ages with the papacy) we have had problems. the reason is that both aspects of your life are telling you to do the same thing. your government which demands patriotism and nationalism (traits that lead to racism. look at Germany) and then your religion demanding these different colored people to be evil. people then follow like sheep. its a sad turn out.
The more I talk with people the more convinced I am that racism is almost entirely a political issue. A deep instinctive drive pushes people to form "clans" in order to collectively seek power at the expense of others. And the most common way of separating "us" from "them" is physical appearance. I don't think people who appear to be racist really and truly believe that their race is superior and others are inferior, they just say stuff like that in an attempt to justify their power grabbing.
Side: mostly political
Everybody is racist whether they choose to admit it or not. We accept people as individuals but hate them as a group. That's how racism works. It's human nature to dislike somebody because of their differences as humans are self centered.
Your statement is a non sequitur. Having preferred groups and disliked groups does not imply a racial preference, because a group is not a race.
Side: mostly political
Racism is partly the result of competition. The need to feel superior or even simply competent is satisfied in many ways; buying a big truck, hoarding, discriminating and acting arrogant, among other things. One such other thing is the quest for expansion. Native peoples who inhabit a land mass throughout history have been massacred for the benifit of another people.
Racism is also partly the result of slavery. Early America, and debateably current America, gained it's productive power from exploiting immigrants as slaves. This is a racial division. The white "natives" saw these slaves as nothing more than capital.
Thusly do I assert that racism is a moral issue, and by natural extrapolation, it can be percieved to be inclusively political.
Side: mostly political
It's nice and all to try to create laws that stop racial prejudice, but in order to create these laws, you must accept that you WANT government to prosecute thought. If an employer denies a black man a job, all of a sudden he has to justify himself or else he gets in trouble. If there is a law, all the man has to do is lie and say that the black dude did not qualify for the job. So what does government decide to do? Investigate businesses to make sure that they are hiring a certain amount of black people. so, all of a sudden, businesses are instead hiring people based on the percentage of different races instead of who's most qualified for the job. That is what we have now. A good intention ends up being bad for business and bad for job applicants who are more qualified.
Racial discrimination is bad, but it's the right of the individual to discriminate all he wants. As long as he does not influence himself onto another. His business is his, so he is not influencing himself onto another when he doesn't let you into HIS business. The whole point of this country is so that we can live our private lives peacefully without government being on our ass about our beliefs.