Racism can be most simply understood as someone behaving differently to another person based on the colour of their skin or culture.
People are picked on because they look different or speak a different language. & others wear certain styles of clothing because of their religion and may get bullied because of this.
Racism is one of the most common issues in humanity. It haunts our past and can degrade our future. Many people on earth don’t know what causes racism, yet most of us are racist. To give racism a smaller effect we need to find the causes and fix them.
Some Causes Of RACISM :
- Peer Pressure
Why Are Some People Racist ?
“Nobody is born racist”, according to SRTRC.
The charity says that there are three main things that influence people to act out or say racist things:
- Our experiences in life.
- The people we interact with.
- The society we grow up in.
For example, if someone in your family says racist things while you’re growing up, you might start to think that’s acceptable behaviour.
How to live healthfully while facing racism
BIPOC alone should not carry the burden of coping with racism. Everyone needs to address structural disadvantage, socioeconomic deprivation, and institutionalized racism to reduce discrimination.
However, there is evidence to suggest that certain factors can help people cope with the negative effects of racism, both physically and mentally.
The sections below will discuss these factors in more detail.
Talk about racist experiences with others
Many studies have suggested that talking about racist experiences, instead of bottling them up, can help a person process feelings of stress, anger, and frustration.
Similarly, engaging with – instead of ignoring – racism is likely to be beneficial.
Foster a strong sense of racial identity
Studies into racism and its effects on mental health have found that BIPOC who felt strongly about their identity were less likely to be distressed by racism and less likely to be physically or mentally affected by it.
Therefore, having a well-developed sense of ethnic or racial identity may help blunt or buffer the effects of racism. However, research must continue in this area as findings are still limited.
Lean on friends and family
Having a network of people to talk to for support, advice, and comfort can help people cope with racial discrimination. It can encourage a sense of security and identity and reduce negative thoughts and feelings.
Some studies have also found that having a strong support network may even combat depression.