Peter Singer's Approach To The Definition Of Racism
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My worldview is based on a religious background as I am Christian and therefore live my life according to the bible. Racism, prejudice, and reconciliation are indeed painful conversations. We often talk about reconciliation that is important between God and humanity but what about reconciliation that is important between individuals? Are people of society really born racist or are they actually taught to be racist by their fellow peers and parents? The answer to this question is found in the quote of Nelson Mandela, who stated that ‘No one is born hating another person because of his skin, background or religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite’.
There are three approaches that Peter Singer identified when dealing with the definition of racism which are:
• The behavioural approach,
• The motivational approach and lastly,
• The cognitive approach.
The behavioural approach is defined as the failure to give equal consideration, based on the fact of race alone. An example of the behavioural approach is the following: A store manager named Mr Kee, pays special attention when young black males or females enter his store, believing that it is more likely that they will steal from him than his white or Asian customers. In this example it is clear that the store manager acts in a racist manner because he failed to give equal consideration, based on race alone,