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Prejudice and Discrimination

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Prejudice and Discrimination
Inspirational Influence: Martin Luther king junior
Martin Luther King Junior is one of the most known influence to black history, he has helped stop racism and has changed the way that people treat black people, he helped develop our ideas on equality and all because HE HAD A DREAM.

He was born on the 15th of January in 1929 in Atlanta. in 1944 he was in college and was inspired by his teacher Benjamin Mays who led him to truly discover his faith, and in Matins last semester he was ordained. In 1954 he became a paster of a baptist church where Rosa Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus.

This incident with Rosa Parks he started to lead an organization which was going to boycott by African American buses in Montgomery. Then a Civil rights campaigner helped Martin to concept peaceful/ non- violent actions, which were inspired by Gandhi.
Inspirational Influence: Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman is a very inspirational person who had a massive impact on the way that we live today. After finding freedom for herself during the slavery she didn't just carry on with her life she helped a lot of people in her previous situation, and stated the underground railway. It wasn't an actual railway and it wasn't actually underground, it was just called that because it had to be kept a secret and no one was allowed to know, well the white supremacy wasn't.

She was born into slavery in Maryland around the time of 1820, she started working at the young age of five, she was a house servant. At the age of 12 she was sent to work in the fields, she was a very strong and independent woman even at a young age, and dew to that she suffered terribly. Tubman stood up for her fellow field workers and she stood in front of her peers to stop the 'master' from hitting them. the 'master' aimed to throw a two pound weight at her working hand, but instead it hot her head causing her serious trauma. This caused her to have long fainting spells.

In 1844 she got married and changed her name from Araminta Ross to Harriet Tubman, the man she married was a free black man, but when working in the plantation, with the fear of being sold she ran away to Philadelphia with the help of a friendly white woman. She very carefully kept returning to save her family and some other slaves seeking freedom, her husband found another woman but this didnt put her down she continued to rescue stolen slaves seeking freedom.

She became infamous to the white community and by 1857 the price for her capture was $40,000. Later on in her life she became friends with friends with the guy in charge of the abolishinist and took part in anti- slavery meeting. During the civil war she worked as a cook, a nurse and even a spy, after that she lived her life and died in 1913.
Summary/ Conclusion
Introduction: Racism
Evidence of racist Discrimination
Racism in the present day
Gratefully racism is not as bad as it was in the past and thankfully a lot people are treated as equals and are not discriminated from society. But that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist, racism is still very vivid in the 21st century. Many people still discriminate and judge people on who they are.

Racism is more commonly known in football, and worldwide sport and yet people are still being abused on the colour of their skin. A recent case was with AC Milan star Nigel de Jong who had a banana thrown at him during a football match due to racist discrimination, this shows that racism still exists today and things are bieng done to stop it.
For example in the case of the footballer all his team mates each took pictures with bananas to show that they would back him up and also to show that if that racist individual was going to go against him then they go against all of them.

Its not only that though there are many organizations and care facilities which are trying to stop racism and defeat discrimination altogether.
inspirational influences Now
Barrack Obama- He is inspirational because he is Americas first black president and this is a big change because he has shown that it doesn't matter what type of person you are, whether you're black, white or asian, you can still follow your aspirations and he also shows that no matter what anybody says you shouldn't let them decide your future .

Oprah Winfrey- Oprah is an inspiration because she has been a victim of racism and has stood up for herself and her race just as Rosa parks did, and just how Harriet Tubman did. In fact when Obama was under the attack of racial abuse during the elections Oprah stood up for him and said 'I think there's a level of disrespect for the office that occurs,' she said. 'And that occurs in some cases ... because he's African American. There's no question about that. And it's the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody's thinking.' in this she is referring to prejudice judgement and this is inspiring because it shows that even our thoughts can have an impact on the way in which we treat other people.

Lupita Nyong'o- Lupita is inspirational because of her acting role in 12 years a slave. she gave a speech once and she talked about how she struggled with her skin colour when she was younger, i found this inspirational because she said how she would pray every night to be lighter and have nice long hair, in her speech she said 'I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me, "You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you." And these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.

And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What does sustain us... what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you.'

This teaches me that it doesn't matter what race you are just so long as you are a good person on the inside.
Why are the inspirational influences inspirational
These two influences are very inspirational because they were able to stick up for not just themselves but for an entire race, they stood up to all the people who said that they weren't worth it and with all the struggles that they faced they where still able to show that they had hope. With Harriet Tubman when someone was about to be hit, she stepped in the way to take the blow and the full impact of what was going to happen to the other person. she hadn't done anything wrong and instead of thinking of her safety she stood way because she thought it was wrong. This is inspirational because it teaches up today that we should stand up for others, also that treating someone badly because of their race is wrong because even though you might be intending to offend one person someone else might get hurt.

Another reason that these two people are inspirational to the influence of equality is because they were able to show courage and determination, to help stop people getting hurt, they showed determination because they never gave up in their cause. Martin Luther King didn't succeed at first but he came back bigger and stronger and proved that his points were valid, and Harriet Tubman was showed determination, because even though she was upset when her husband remarried she continued, and also when saving her brother she didn't just come for her brother she helped others as well. this makes them inspirational because this inspires us to be determined and to not be put down by the opinions or actions of others. In terms of racism and overcoming it this is a good example of how over time we have been able to learn from Martin Luther and Harriet Tubman and have the courage to be ourselves and develop our understanding and how we should treat people. This what make Martin Luther King Junior and Harriet Tubman inspirational, because they teach us about or rights to equality no matter what colour your skin is.
In the past Racism was on a major scale, it was mainly focused on black people, and this was during the slave trade and also during the colonization of Britain. Racism is when one race finds a different race less superior to themselves. In the past it was a lot to do with the color of your skin and it was when people were categorized in social backgrounds. In the Black community this system of oppression and discrimination was known as the white supremacy.

Racism, has been changing though the ages, and it has been said that racism is as old as the human society itself. During the time of slavery and the slave trade in the 1500s and 1600s, it was the white people who got more privileges, such as better education and medical facilities. Towns where divided between black and white, with black children not being allowed to go to school with white children, and they had to have separate shops and hospitals. This division was called segregation, and it was happening everywhere, this was a little time after slavery but the white supremacy was still going strong.

During the slave trade black people had no power and the white supremacy had the ability to whip, hang, and overall just treat the black majority however they pleased. there were many organizations who thought that all black people should die. For example the ker klucks klan who would touch and kill black people brutally. There are still some people in this would who unfortunately still follow the kkk's beliefs but it's only the minority.

A lot of things have changed since then and black, white and asian people are all able to work together, and this is because of many inspirational people both black and white who stood up for equal rights.
Racism is never a good thing because it doesn't spread Jesus' message to treat others as he treated us. It is also a bad quality to posses because it means that you are judging someone and then treating a large group of people in a certain way based on what you believe is to be correct. God is the only one who can judge us and it's just not fair to make decision based on prejudice thoughts. In John is says 'God loved the world so much that he sent to lay down his life for us' This implies that Jesus died for 'all' of 'us' and by all this includes every ethnicity and every culture, plant or animal. This shows that racism is bad because it means that Jesus died for nothing and that his life didn't an impact, and also that we didn't learn from his teachings, when he didn't because he died so that we were able to live.

Christians also believe that racism is wrong because it shows no gratitude for the life that we have been given and that we have negative thoughts which lead us to become negative people. In James 2:4 is states that people who discriminate others are 'Judges with evil thoughts' This suggests that racists are judgment and that they are consumed with evil thoughts. It also suggests that people who discriminate think of themselves as a more important person, because for them to judge they must be perfect, otherwise that would make them a hypocrite. This shows that racism is bad because it shows that people are able to make judgement on other people and treat this in a bad way but they cannot do the same to themselves if the situation was not in favor of them. This makes the human race seem hypothetical and selfish, which was not Gods message when he sent Jesus to save us.
Welcome to this presentation, it is all about Prejudice and discrimination. Today we will be focusing on Racism and the effects it had in the Past, the impact it has now. Also we will be discussing some interesting people who had a major impact on this issue.
But before we develop this issue further we must clarify exactly what racism and discrimination is we will also need to the clarify what being prejudice is.
We also need to establish that some of the things that happened in the past, happened and that it is not fair to judge an entire race based on their past. Also that racism, prejudice and discrimination is wrong, no matter where your perspective is coming from. further apologies for if this presentation upsets or offends anyone.
The Past
Racism
Racism is a way of passing judgement on a certain group of people according to their ethnicity and skin colour, It must not be confused with chauvinism, this is different be chauvinism can be good thing and it is also different because it can be a stereotype based on tradition, or with the way that someone was raised. For example, when a man opens a door for a woman, it is stereotypical, but it's not sexist because it is not usually done the other way round it is a costume to that individual. Racism is on a much bigger scale, it is putting a race into a position where you categorize that whole race, and limit them from doing certain things, it is slowly taking away their of freedom. Whether it is their freedom to speak or the freedom to walk into a shop without having being labeled for something they are not.
racism is not just simply individual random acts. Racism we see as a systematic discrimination against or exclusion, oppression of a group of people based upon an accidental quality, as in skin colour, hair texture, shape and size of lips and so forth

prejudice & Discrimination
Prejudice and discrimination, are quiet similar in some aspects but there's one major difference which separates the two. Being prejudice is a biased thought or opinion against a group of people or an individual, for example, leading on the terms of racism, 'All black people are unclean' whereas discrimination is an act which is caused by prejudice judgements, Discrimination is when you take out your prejudice judgement to seclude an individual or a group of people. For example not employing someone because they are asian.
from a christians point of view
In 1957 he established the SCLC (southern christian leadership conference) and as president he coordinated the civil rights activity across the region, at first it wasn't successful.

In 1953 he organized the famous march in Washington, this was successful because over 250,000 people to support his cause. His cause was to help African Americans gain the equal rights to the White American citizens. He wanted to end segregation in public schools and he wanted Black people to be protected from the abuse that was instructed by the police, he also wanted to get laws preventing discrimination in employment. He gave his 'I have a Dream' speech and a year later the civil rights act was passed.

The same year that the civil rights act was passed he was awarded with a noble peace price and at the time he was the youngest winner of the price. He was also awarded the congressional gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4th 1968 whilst standing on the balcony of his Hotel.
In this presentation we have discussed how racism is wrong in all aspects, we discussed the meaning of prejudice judgement and discrimination, and how it affects people. we talked about Martin Luther King Junior, Harriet Tubman, Obama, Oprah and Lupita. we have clarified racism in the modern day , the past and the development between what it was like then and what it is like now.

In conclusion I believe that Racism, prejudice and discrimination are still wrong, and i don't think that people should be judged on the qualities that make them up on the outside but on who they are, the actions they commit and qualities that make them on the inside, such as their personality. People commit suicide due to bulling in any form, this includes Racism and i have learnt that my actions do have an effect on everyone around me and that some people are only prejudice due to how they were raised and their environment. we are not born Racist.
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