Buddhism teaching

Teaching about race, racism and police violence: training for change in society

Race, racism and police brutality are major issues in our society today. They are intertwined, expressing the problems faced by certain groups of people. This problem was found to be caused by the fact that a particular population possesses a different genetic trait from the dominant white color group.

Despite efforts to stem this problem, many people still find it difficult to accept the black or sometimes Asian race (population). They perceive them as inferior. There have been several essays and sample research papers on the issue to further illuminate the threat of race and police brutality around the world. There are several examples of essays on solutions to the problem of police brutality. The goal is to curb the brutality of the police system, and while it has had several successes, there is still much to be done.

Here we will discuss concepts and issues related to race, racism and police brutality.

Definition and concept of race and racism

Race can be defined as a population that differs from others in the incidence of specific genes, but is potentially capable of exchanging genes across the boundaries that separate them. It means, in other words, the different characters expressed by a particular group of individuals. Members of this population with these characteristics always belong to the same mating group, so race is a biological concept.

Although it is a biological concept, race is increasingly challenged on a daily basis, and so the use of the term has become so commonplace with issues of racism. It now exacerbates issues of racism, a kind of mistreatment of a particular group perceived as inferior.

Another term that should be defined and explained here is racism, also known as racism.

Simply put, racism is human discrimination based on certain factors. These factors can be wealth, income, civil rights, health care, etc. Bias stems from the belief that a particular sect of people with common genetic traits is inferior to others. And therefore, they are treated with less value and respect. This is a common problem facing the black race today.

This other race considered inferior is commonly recognized by their skin color, being black. Hence why some African Americans opt for skin color substitution. Indeed, it is the first way to know them and to differentiate them from other races considered superior.

Racism is now a complex problem that has gone from a simple term to a major problem plaguing the black race. The problem of racism comes in different forms, but they express the same thing. Common forms of racism include everyday racism and institutional racism.

Everyday racism has to do with the petty discrimination people of color experience in their relationship with the dominant white group. This is mostly seen in speech, stares, and physical movement or restraint.

Institutional racism involves discrimination in the policies, practices and processes of different institutions. This translates into denials of access to certain areas of life such as education, housing, etc.

Police brutality

Police violence, known as police brutality, is a significant problem suffered by many civilians today. It has become something that needs to be dealt with urgently. Indeed, many people now perceive the police as a major threat to their survival. What is police violence or brutality?

Police violence or brutality is usually applied in the context of physical harm to an individual. Harm can range from physical to psychological to intimidation tactics. It is a violation of an individual’s human rights.

Many people have suffered police violence, and these events have led to the premature death of victims. In the 2000s, the US government attempted to track the number of people killed while interacting with police. And in 2019, more than a thousand cases of police brutality were reported by journalists and human activists. The number is increasing even till today.

One of the main reasons police brutality is on the rise today is that it is tied to racial inequality. It’s called systemic racism, where a sect of people are mistreated because of their color differences.

Conclusion: the way forward

As mentioned earlier, efforts to address the problem of race and brutality have proven less productive. This is why it is suggested that the general public, especially white people, enlighten themselves. The issue of racism should be integrated into the curriculum of growing children so that they learn to accept each other, regardless of the color of their skin. They must know that there is no gap between them and the other races. They should be taught the need to seek peace and love. We all want a better world, and to achieve this, everyone must have a sense of unity.