By: Austin Kelley

Definition of Racism

Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

What causes people to be racist?

Humans naturally feel threatened when things we cherish most such as our culture, territory, family, and our identity are in danger of being harmed. Racism is what a human natural reaction in order to protect all of this.Racist are among the most dangerous radical-right threats facing law enforcement today.

Examples of being treated unfairly.

After being arrested, African-Americans are 33% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a felony trial in New York. In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes African Americans make up 57% of the people in state prisons for drug offenses.In 2012, 51% of Americans expressed anti-black sentiments in a poll; a 3% increase from 2008.In 2009 African-Americans are 21% more likely than whites to receive mandatory minimum sentences and 20% more likely to be sentenced to prison than white drug defendants.

How can the children be affected?

Racism, prejudice, and discrimination harm all children and youth, and have proven negative effect on school achievement, self efficacy, and social emotional growth.

How does it make the victims feel and what can we do to stop it?

Racism can make people feel uncomfortable or unsafe and that they are not welcomed or accepted.Even a simple gesture can be powerful and shows the person on the receiving end of the behaviour that they’re not alone.