By Janice S. Ellis, PhD, Kansas City, MO –
Racism, segregation and terrorism share a kinship that should be noted. That kinship includes isolation, hatred, and a sense of injustice that often breed extremist and violent acts and behavior.
While ISIS, Al Qaeda and their splinter terrorist groups may be the most known and most feared at this time, there have been and continue to be many groups that advocate and practice some form of terror. Depending on the country, they may act out differently. But, they hold a lot in common and believe they suffers similar plights, racial discrimination, religious degradation, and socio-economic oppression among them. Racism segregation and terrorism share kinship.
Some of the terrorists who waged the attacks in Paris and Brussels grew up in isolated and segregated neighborhoods. It is no secret that people of color in those cities, whether Arabs, Africans, or Indians are not and have not been integrated into the general population. This is true in terms of housing, jobs or culturally. CNN recently did a special report. So there is a sense of isolation and not belonging even among second and third generations of immigrants. Racism segregation and terrorism share kinship.
The fact that many of these immigrants are also Muslim and practice the Islamic faith make them more segregated and further complicates full integration into the European culture.
Elements of racism cannot go unnoticed. Skin color breeds racism all over the world. Groups that are most isolated and discriminated against and hated are people of color. They are blacks and Hispanics in America. They are Africans, Arabs and Asians in Europe. There are racial cast systems in poor and rich countries alike in Cuba, Brazil, China, on many islands, on all continents. People are discriminated against merely because of skin color.
Why do you think ghettos, whether in Paris, Brussels, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Canada, cities across America and other places in the world, are such breeding grounds for recruits for ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups? They prey upon the disenfranchised and the downtrodden, and this doesn’t mean that those who join are ignorant, uneducated or totally poverty stricken. Racism segregation and terrorism share kinship.
Isolation, hatred and injustices, perceived or real, foster a state of mind that some chose to act upon in positive ways to bring about change, while others chose destructive means to try to bring about change.
Racists, segregationists, terrorists are not born. They are made. They all come from an extreme hateful place where bad and negative conditions have existed for a long time, with the prevailing powers that be and surrounding communities have turned a blind eye or simply chosen to ignore.
Racism segregation and terrorism share kinship that is manifesting itself all over the world in different ways, but for many of the same underlying reasons. Fear gets attention.
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