Globalization and Its Affect on Racism Essay

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Globalization and its Effect on Racism
'Racism', in the Oxford English Dictionary, is defined as "Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior", and, "The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races". The essence of both definitions seems to be that specific characteristics are used to segregate people into different levels of superiority. While the truth behind this grouping and subsequent segregation is arguable, it is generally accepted that doing this is wrong. The first thing that tends to come
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These workers enjoy more privileges than the other racialized groups who experience levels of exploitation and denial of basic human rights. According to Bonacich et al (2008 p.350) globalization in the economic perspective has breed the rise of capitalism in the West Europe that has expanded to an imperialist movement. This global capitalist system is responsible for the misappropriate exploitation of colored groups of people being considered subordinate racialized groups. Through exploitation, racialized groups provide surplus labor to capitalists who deny them basic citizenship and basic rights while the capitalists maximize profits and pay low wages. In addition to poor working and living conditions, low wages and inabilities to freely enjoy common rights, the racialized groups face non-protection and are subjected to cases of assault.
Citizen rights are generally accorded to ‘free White male’ laborers in the United States giving them privileges to form and join unions in large numbers. Capitalists exploit workers of color either because color is more exploitable or because they fear displacement by the colored workers. Taking an example of the black labor in South Africa, blacks were alienated from representation in government, equality, common human rights, and above all, alienated from the social and public places meant for whites. The blacks were slaves

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