Racism in the UK is encountered daily by people from all races and cultures and may include incidents of harassment/intimidation and/or community tension.
We are not born racist. Our views, beliefs and opinions develop as we grow up. If a child or young person grows up within a family that is racist, or they mix with people who are racist, they may believe racism is acceptable.
Racism is not confined to an individual or small group; sometimes a whole community of people can be racist.
Racist Bullying can consist of
- Physical abuse
- Insulting or degrading comments and/or gestures
- Name calling, insults or taunts
- Offensive Graffiti
- Tormenting and/or threatening
- Humiliating and/or ridiculing
- Abusive emails and/or texts
- Damage to property
- Being ignored and/or left out
- Making fun of a persons custom/accent/religion/clothes/music
- Refusing to work with someone from a different culture
Racism is illegal
The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 protects individuals from being discriminated against in employment on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, religious beliefs or ethnicity. The Race Relations Order 1997, which applies to Northern Ireland, covers the same issues.
Diversity means differences and includes all of us in our rich and infinite variety. Currently, technological advances are making communication around the world easier and faster. The UK population is undergoing demographic changes and as a result of these changes, diversity is more prevalent in schools and the workplace. These demographic changes also create the need to implement multicultural educational experiences in both formal and informal educational settings.
We need to prepare youth (and people of all ages) to function and succeed in a diverse society and world and to value not only their own cultures, but those of others. We need to respect strong cultural family relationships and a persons sense of responsibility towards their community. We also need to reflect on the lives and perspectives of people who are different from ourselves and support them to lead lives in a safe environment where we are sensitive to their cultural needs and past /current experiences. Remember, each and every one of us is unique and different and this is what makes us special. Embrace diversity dont abuse it.
Consider the below poem
If All The Trees Were Oaks.
What if all the trees were oaks How plain the world would seem; No maple syrup, banana splits, And how would orange juice be?
Wouldn't it be a boring place, If all the people were the same; Just one colour, just one language, Just one family name!
~ But ~
If the forest were the world, And all the people were the trees; Palm and pine, bamboo and willow, Live and grow in harmony.
Aren't you glad my good friend, Different though we be; We are here to help each other, I learn from you, and you, from me.
Dont ignore racism. If you see it happening report it.