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Race is a very peculiar concept It is one of those things that everybody thinks they understand but gets less clear the harder we look at it Race is a cultural category into which people are placed based upon apparent biological characteristics Although races are traditionally considered biological entities it is impossible to explain clear biological boundaries between these groups of people Maybe a better explanation of race is groups of people who consider themselves andor are considered by others to be different from other groups because of their shared culture language and descent Race has historically been used in very judgmental and negative ways as some have argued that some races are biologically inferior to others Racism is prejudice or discrimination by one group toward others perceived as a different race A belief that one race is superior over all others Groups may be almost identical physiologically yet be divided against each other on the basis of culture language religion nationality etc Racism has the following elements the belief in separate definable and recognizable races the belief that one race is superior to others possession of power by the superior race to act against inferior races without effective defense displaying actions that are both arbitrary and harmful Racism is different from racial prejudice hatred or discrimination because racism involves having the power to carry out discriminatory practices through major institutions Racism takes many forms although it is usually understood in the individual sense Essentially there are three main forms individual racism systemic racism and cultural racism Individual racism manifests itself in individuals attitudes and behaviors and is the easiest type to identify Systemic racism consists of the policies and practices of organizations which directly or indirectly operate to sustain the advantages of peoples of certain social races This type of racism is more difficult to address because it is implicit in the policies of organizations and often unconscious Cultural racism is
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