“A racial stereotype is a form of exaggerated and presumptuous mental picture/s formed about specific group of people based on their race without taking into consideration individual differences and quality of character. These rigid stereotypes tend to disregard any information that is not coherent with what that particular racial group have been labeled with creating cognitive bias which can be used to create negativity, ostracization and ridicule towards that race of people” ~ ‘Gerri Louise Scott’
When it comes to racism we tend to label victims as “Black, Asian, and minority” or “people of colour” (BAME); but to be frank this label fails to take into account the various ways racism affects different races. There are different strands of racism, such as: anti-black racism, anti-Asian, anti-Arab racism, cultural racism, interracial racism, and sometimes but not often anti-white racism. Each one of these types of racism is significant as racism of any form is unacceptable, and we need to dismantle them all. But throughout history the race of people to receive the worst racism is Black people. Often being on the receiving end of racism also from other ethnic minorities as well as white people.
Black people are treated like second class citizens around the World. In Brazil and in India students of African descent are persecuted.
Looking at the UK governments ‘race disparity audit’ the figures show that black defendants who attend crown court are more likely to be remanded in custody than whites or Asians. In Britain from 2017 to 2019 black people were 10 times more likely than white people and three more likely than Asians to be stopped by the police. Pupils that are Black Caribbean are three times more likely to be excluded from school permanently than white British pupils and are more at risk of homelessness than any other racial minority (hate this phrase or whatever you call it).
These figures also correlate with US stats where black people are the poorest so more likely to be involved in selling or using drugs. Figures also indicate that Black people are also more likely to be targeted by police and of being arrested for drug offences. This has resulted in prisons being highly populated with black men. Black people also more likely to be shot at by the police than Hispanic or white people. Today in Brazil black people are treated like dirt and persecuted by the police whilst in India African students are looked down on and persecuted. In South Africa 72% of its farmland is owned by white people who make up 9% of the countrys’ total population. In the years of apartheid racial hierarchy placed: whites at the top, Indians (coloureds) in the middle, and black people bottom.
Slavery throughout history has plagued many civilizations, races and countries but black people still continue to suffer not only slavery but the oppressive residue of its disgusting legacy.
Around 12 million Africans were taken into slavery and transported across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe and the Americas during the 16th to 19th century. Millions of black people were born and would die a slave. Even when slavery had ended African American people were denied their civil rights and were subjected to segregation Jim crow laws and lynching.
The Arabic word ‘abeed’ means “slave” and is still used to describe black people from Yemen to Algeria. Between AD 650 and the 1800’s, almost 10 million Africans were captured transported and sold to Arabia and the Indian subcontinent by Arab slave traders.
Robin DiAngelo notes in her book ‘White Fragility’ that black people are the “ultimate racial other.” Around the word people have various names to insult them such as “nigger” in the US and Britain and “macaco” in Brazil. In India they are called bandar, in China “hak awai” and in South Africa “kaffir”.
The term anti-blackness may have place in the dictionary but still isn’t acknowledged. The toxicity of it isn’t grasped by the political class. Now is an appropriate time for racism and anti-blackness to be classified separately as we are in the middle of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent’. Taking a one-size fits all approach to reducing racism is leaving the most vulnerable and under supported racial group to suffer the most hatred, brutality and discrimination and open to labels and stereotypes such as black people are into crime, they are lazy, poor, low intelligence, don’t look after their women etc, etc.
Developing a working definition of anti-blackness would be a key step in bringing it to the forefront when tackling racism. This could cover the perception of black populated countries and trivialization of transatlantic slavery as well as caricatures, disparagement and stereotypes.
A key step in bringing anti-blackness to the forefront is by developing a working definition. This could cover caricatures, stereotypes, disparagement, the perception of black populated countries and the trivialisation of the transatlantic slavery. Before we can begin to tackle the problem there needs to be support from international organisations, government, regional bodies, educational institutions and the global black civil society.
At the most basic level i think the best way forward would be to expose the most toxic form of racism by highlighting anti-blackness so that it is marked into our collective consciousness. This will help to eradicate mistakes made in the past and present which have bought oppression and misery to many people.
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