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When we all met up we decided to cover race racism and ethnicity as separate topics.

We decided that it was best if someone tackled the issue of race as it seemed a complicated issue and had little prior knowledge. Then we wanted to deal with racism in our society, and we chose travellers because they are indigenous minority. Then we decided to deal with racism as a global issue, we chose sport because many people have an opinion and interest in it and it. Definitions.Race- A local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics.

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Racism is a specific form of discrimination and exclusion faced by minority ethnic groups. Racism is based on the false belief that “some” races are inherently superior to others because of different skin colour, nationality, ethnic or cultural background. Racism deprives people of their basic human rights, dignity and respect Ethnicity refers to the ethnic group or groups that people identify with or feel they belong to.An ethnic group is defined as a social group whose members have the following four characteristics: share a sense of common origins claim a common and distinctive history and destiny possess one or more dimensions of collective cultural individuality feel a sense of unique collective solidarity.

Race The topic I was chosen to evaluate and analyse for this presentation was ‘Race’. I found this to be a very interesting topic as ‘Race’ is, in a way, an indefinable term. In my opinion, the definition of race is an opinion. One question which kept on entering my head during my studies was, “who creates boundaries for a membership in any race?” Obviously some races you automatically belong to e.

g. A Negro is going to be a member of the nigro race as with any other races based on skin colour. But what about a person who’s parents are of a different race. These days it is common to see an Irish man with a Chinese woman or a black man with an Irish woman etc. What race will their children belong to? My studies showed that many sociologists believed that the notion of ‘Race’ was imaginary.

Maybe it is but I personally believe that even if it is, history still exists and erasing feuds between different races in the past, is too hard to just forget.Accepting that race maybe imaginary will not unite races although it may make them aware and broaden their views of humanity. On the other-hand this topic seems to be a very opinionated and debateable subject so a divide in groups of people is inevitable which therefore creates races. Nowadays as always before, divides in populations exist.

Race does exist as well as racism. Through my readings I saw how different races held such a high opinion of themselves including the ‘Catholic Irish Nationalist’ as seen in ‘The Gaelic Annual’ (1907) or the ‘Nazi’ or the ‘African Negro’ etc.Maybe racism stems from these beliefs and opinions that a certain race is inferior or superior in people’s opinions. To sum up, I believe that this topic is a matter of opinion. Should it exist? Why does it exist? Can it be dissolved? RACISM IN THE IRISH WORKPLACE Racism has become a very problematic issue in Ireland as immigration levels have continued to increase.

After a period of inactivity, the government and social partners began to make more of an effort to address this thorny issue in 2001. Much remains to be done however, to tackle racism and promote diversity.The problem of racism has been revealed to be primarily in the workplace and work practices. As a result of this reality, the implementation of race legislation was necessary. The two main pieces of legislation in Ireland covering direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of race and ethnic origin are the Employment Equality Act 1998, and the Equal Status Act 2000. These outlaw discrimination under the nine grounds of race, gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age and membership of the travelling community.

All these grounds are legally classed by the government as racist….or racially discriminative. In 2001 these legislations were explored in more depth and suitable changes were made, however, all has not been successful.

There is evidence to suggest that racism is a growing problem within the workplace with 20% of all the equality authority’s caseload relating to racism. It is the second biggest problem after sexism. Workplace racism is continuing to grow in Ireland as immigration levels continue to rise from a historically low level. After a slow start, positive initiatives are beginning to emerge aimed at tackling racism and promoting diversity in the Irish workplace.


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