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Transcript of Racism
Racism is a serious form of stereotyping and discrimination based on biological differences between humans
“1930 Respect for the human person entails respect for the rights that flow from his dignity as a creature. These rights are prior to society and must be recognized by it. They are the basis of the moral legitimacy of every authority: by flouting them, or refusing to recognize them in its positive legislation, a society undermines its own moral legitimacy.36 If it does not respect them, authority can rely only on force or violence to obtain obedience from its subjects. It is the Church's role to remind men of good will of these rights and to distinguish them from unwarranted or false claims.”
Church Teachings From the Catechism
Genesis 1:27- So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
-A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community
Catholic Graduate Expectations
An example of racism is the belief that people from separate races should be disassociated from one another because they speak different languages, have different skin colours or are from different countries.
“1933 This same duty extends to those who think or act differently from us. The teaching of Christ goes so far as to require the forgiveness of offenses. He extends the commandment of love, which is that of the New Law, to all enemies.39 Liberation in the spirit of the Gospel is incompatible with hatred of one's enemy as a person, but not with hatred of the evil that he does as an enemy.”
“1936 On coming into the world, man is not equipped with everything he needs for developing his bodily and spiritual life. He needs others. Differences appear tied to age, physical abilities, intellectual or moral aptitudes, the benefits derived from social commerce, and the distribution of wealth.41 The "talents" are not distributed equally.42”
“1941 Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples. International solidarity is a requirement of the moral order; world peace depends in part upon this.”
“1928 Society ensures social justice when it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority.”
Romans 10:12- For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Galatians 3:28- There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:11- a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
Proverbs 22:2- The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.
Proverbs 29:13- The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
All human beings have the right to participate in the sacramental life of the church, reflect on God's Word and act to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good.
-A collaborative contributor
Humans of every race are able to respect the rights, responsibilities and contributions to self and others as well as achieving excellence, originality and integrity of one's own work and is able to support the work of others.
-A caring family member
Of course all people belong to a family and can relate to them in a loving, compassionate and respectful manner while valuing and honoring their role
-A responsible citizen
All races contribute to the common good in ways like acting morally and legally with respect to our rights and responsibilities as well as taking responsibility for one's own actions.
How does Racism Affect Today's Society?
creates self esteem issues which can possibly lead to depression
people of all age groups are being physically and verbally attacked
prevents people from wanting to partake in daily events such as school, jobs, activities.
individuals lose hope, trust and sympathy
causes a great deal of stress
reduces an individuals ability to be successful
affects access to jobs and education
Racism In Action
Elena Gorolová, an ethnic Roma "gypsy", was one of many females who had been unknowingly sterilized by a doctor.
Catholic Social Teachings
-life and dignity of the human person
People do not lose dignity because of disability, age, poverty, lack of success or race. This emphasizes people over things before over having
-the dignity of work and rights of workers
People of all races have a right to productive work and fair wages with safe working conditions and security in case of disability.
We are one human family. We must demonstrate respectful towards personal, social, economic and political rights of all nations. It must avoid thoughts like "underdevelopment" on one hand and "super development" on the other. There has to be respect for the moral, cultural and spiritual aspects of every standing person.
Moral and Ethical Issues
Another example of racism is the belief that a persons race determines their traits and qualities
Ethics are rules given by higher authorities like social systems where as morals are more personal and are based on your own opinion. Ethics focus on societies judgements and morals focus on the individuals judgements.
Racism is more of a moral issue rather than an ethical issue because when racism is taking place it brings the witness to a moral state where they are using their personal judgement, development and reasoning.
Racial differences are looked upon as valuable and important so to look at a person around their race and avoid stereotyping is suggested
Although there are ethical issues that involve racism such as health care and employment. Individuals of other races don't get all of the required medical attention that they have the right to. Employment rates are lower for minorities.