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Globalization And Its Affect On Racism

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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 ...view middle of the document...

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 working for white settlers in their own lands as the settlers grabbed more and more land, putting up more strong businesses and production patterns for more profits. The white settlers’ idea is investment, resource exploitation and capitalism all of which were abundant in the South. Global economic interaction encourages the search for economies with promising resource distribution and availability of factors of production. Africans readily provided cheap manual labor readily on the White settler’s farms (Dikotter)
Historic and contemporary examples indicate a global capitalist system that exploits workers on the basis of color and where workers of favored racialized labor groups receive privileges which the colored segregated racial groups are denied. As global economic boundaries widen, the concept of capitalism continues to spread the ideals of exploitation and oppression on which it thrives and represent the interest of the superior racial group while partial discrimination works against the colored race. Capitalism is a colorblind system that has not just spread globally but also influenced racial lines that favor white supremacy to the detriment of the colored groups.
There are still other reasons behind the spread and continued practice of racism in the global context. Racial discrimination has also spread as a result of migration amongst certain groups in the context of globalization. With the rapid economic, political, social and cultural unification of the entire globe, the aspect of people from different poles converging at unlikely bearings. This unfortunately, explains...

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