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What is racism?

Today, racism is prevalent in the news. It took the death of an African American, George Floyd, to be killed by a policeman for this historical act to reach the forefront of news once again. Today is his funeral.

The policeman knelt on his neck for 9 minutes whilst George constantly said "I can't breathe" near the end he started calling out for his mother. Such a terrible and unforgivable act by someone who is meant to be protecting law and order.

Prejudice: Do you have a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience, but solely on someone's race?

Discrimination: Do you treat people unfairly on the grounds of their race?

Antagonism: Are you actively hostile or opposed to someone purely because of their race?

If you have answered "yes" to any of the above then you have behaved in a racist way.

I have learnt over the years, just because your parents thought a certain way and believe me black people can be just as racist against their own colour, white or brown people too - you don't have to follow. There will always come a time in your life when you chose to continue to be racist or turn away from it.

It's always good to challenge ourselves, make changes by educating ourselves - it makes the world a better place.

#BlackLivesMatter #Racsim