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Racism is objectively defined as any practice of ethnic discrimination or segregation Racism is still strongly prevalent in todays society Gudorf 3 The three different basic forms of racism open racism violent racism and covert racism all express forms of hatred towards distinct ethnic groups These basic forms of racism although different in form all have the same main purpose to promote racism Open racism expresses freedom of racial thought and speech Open racists promote their views through strictly persuasionary tactics This form of racism is allowed in our society because of the First Amendment Open racism is currently almost nonexistent and steadily declining because it is considered politically incorrect and socially unacceptable Violent racism promotes racism through violence fear and persuasionary tactics This form of racism is not protected by the First Amendment because it promotes violence to express its ideas Unfortunately many violent racial groups claim they do not promote violence and therefore these groups are protected by the First Amendment because not enough sufficient evidence exists to prove their violent intent Covert racism expresses ideas of racism in disguised forms sometimes the covert racist is not even aware of the fact that he is racist Racism it is asserted is no longer blatant people nowadays are reluctant to express openly their dislike of and contempt for minorities indeed are not prepared to express publicly a sentiment that could be interpretted as racist Racism it is said is subtle it is disguised kept out of sight The suggestion that there is a new racism--a racism that has a new strength precisely because it doesnt appear to be racismdeserves serious consideration What causes racism Unfortunately the answer is much longer and detailed than the question The three main causes for racism are racism has become part of our heritage right-wing racial and political groups and pride in ones own race Practically since the dawn of mans existence man has undoubtedly
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