Racism And Religion
Racism and religion are topics that bring plenty of controversy in different parts of the world. A person can say something based on a personal experience and it could come off as being a form or racism. A person has a right to believe in what they want, including whether God exists, but many feel religion is something sacred and has a line that should not be crossed. Modern society has various views on these issues but some may be due to lack of knowledge in a certain subject area. How can people become more comfortable with their views with racism and religion without leading to hurtful conflict?
Racism is when a person says or does something inappropriate or offense in reference to another race. Unfortunately, racism continues to be a huge problem in certain parts of the world. There are civil rights groups that help people fight their way to where they want to be and to be treated fairly no matter their race. There are laws in place claiming people have a right to vote, work, and speak, but even the law has flaws that have kept people from getting opportunities they deserve because of their race. Racism has led to careless acts of death, punishment and unfair treatment of adults and children. Some progress has been made but there is still work to be done.
Religion is a form of religious belief that many people include in their daily living. Religion may actually have a different definition depending on who you ask. Some people think religion involves having faith in some type of higher power. Others think it has something to do with personal beliefs and how people should perceive things around them. For those that believe in God or define themselves as a certain religion (Christian, Protestant, etc.), religion is important and helps them define who they are in their higher power.
The conflict gets worse when racism and religion are mixed. Some people may feel racist toward someone because they have a certain belief (which may sound strange but true). People are known to treat each other unfairly because of the way they look, their personal beliefs, or their ethnic background. So much has changed over the years you would think things in the human race would be better, but personal views with small0minded individuals continue to hold people back from their true potential.
Religion And Racism
Religion and racism is a topic of interest to many researchers as there have been many events in racist events in history, which many attribute to religion. Many studies have been done to understand if this is actually the case and if religion leads to racism. Historical events such the crusades and slavery have been thought to be due to racism.
Most major religions around the world do not advocate racism and instead preach of brotherly love between believers, and race plays no significant part. However religion has been used as a reason to justify racism; an example of this is slavery, specifically in America. All of the slaves in America were of African descent and, due to the high population of Christians in America; the bible was used as justification for slavery.
Although the bible doesn’t call for targeting people of African descent as slaves, the American slavery did which used the bible as justification, which has led many people to believe religion advocates racism. Jefferson Davis, the president of the confederacy of the United States, said that ‘’Slavery was established by decree of Almighy God… it is sanctioned in the bible’’, and slavery was one of the main reasons for the civil war.
The Middle East is an extremely religious area of the world, where many countries still follow Sharia Law, the Islamic religious code, yet it is extremely racist and many people are openly discriminated. Again, like Christianity, Islam does not call for racism and instead calls for ‘brotherly love’ between followers of Islam no matter their ethnicity. The UAE has a large population of foreign workers who mainly come from South Asia to work menial jobs and to better their lives.
The mistreatment of many of these workers is well documented in the UAE. UAE has many employment laws in place, however these are rarely applied to foreign workers from South Asia.
An example of this is the fact that the UAE has a minimum wage however it is never applied to South Asian workers. The workers, on average, earn around $175 a month; the average per-capita income of the UAE is $2106. Workers from Western countries are always given precedent and protected from laws, especially white workers from the Western world, however South Asian are not, and many human rights campaigners have said it is due to racism.
Although most major religions in the world do not condone racism, many religious institutions and major religious figures have implemented racism on a wide scale and used their texts to justify it. Religion is not racist, however many people are and they manipulate their beliefs to justify it and subject people.