1. Define racism. Have you ever dealt with racism before? Have you ever been judged wrongly before? Is there a difference between prejudice and discrimination?
Racism refers to a person’s attitude of contempt, annoyance to another person other than his or her own race, which is also manifested in speech and behavior.
I have run into many circumstances that involves racism. In the first year I came to States, one time I was shopping in a Walmart, I accidentally run into a middle age Caucasian lady, she shot that “ Go back to China” to me before I can say sorry. I went to elementary school in HongKong, it was an international school. One time, my friends and I accidentally shared a table with a group pf Caucasion students, when we sit down, they started to look at us and laugh saying “why are these chinese sitting with us””can’t they move””omg I cant eat”. We have to sit up and leave, immediately they broke out laugh and applause.
I have been judged wrongly before, for example, when people know I am from China, they tend to believe that I can do Kongfu well.
There are differences between prejudice and discrimination. Prejudice is an attitude, regardless of the behavior; discrimination is an act, no matter what the attitude holds
Prejudice is a strong bias, usually negative. For example, if one think the black people are not intelligent and not competitive in work, but forced by the legal norms and social pressure, one has to treat the black people the same with other employees. This illustrates one has prejudice to black people.
Discrimination: The actions taken based on a prejudice of one’s own or others
One may think that there is no difference between blacks and whites in regard of intelligence and work ability, and is willing to hire blacks, but because many people in the company do not like working with blacks, one are forced to not hire blacks. This is discrimination.
Also, there is the “discrimination with smiles”, just as indicated in the Remarks of Secretary Andrew Cuomo in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Andrew Cuomo, just because of your skin color, people have prejudice on you, and they do not offer you the job or the loan.