Globalization proves that racism continues to be alive
How could we become one world? Without the presence of some kind of magic or supernatural power? Well, even though we may not fully understand it, it actually happened. Technology has rained down on us like an unprecedented hailstorm that suddenly pops up when you go home after a day at the beach. And while technology has made a lot possible for our society, with all the new that surrounds us, the way we interact has changed too. From this we all learned about globalization, which can be malleable enough to spread the good, the bad, and the in-between. Although globalization has had a significant impact on our society, we focus on its effects on racism. If globalization sheds light on everything, then racism will also be in the spotlight.
Globalization is nothing more than the expansion of things (food, viewpoints, music, etc.) in our world and their accessibility for all. However, it is important to note that globalization is not a concept that was recently introduced into our world. Indeed, globalization has had its roots deeply rooted since the Silk Road, which began around 130 BC. This road made it possible to transport goods such as spices and silk within these regions, making it one of the oldest forms of globalization. In our day and age, globalization is of course expressed a little differently. Our globalization today uses technology as a vehicle, so influencing others is not a difficult endeavor. In addition, globalization has branched out into various sub-categories. Of all the various subsections that have emerged, I would mainly like to highlight the one referred to as cultural globalization.
Cultural globalization focuses more on the phenomenon of our instant communication and the accessibility of information through the Internet. Technology has really connected the world. A retweet here, a shared page there, the unanswered call and the SMS you’re waiting for are part of cultural globalization. This particular sub-area of globalization focuses on the cultural differences and customs of other regions of the world and how conveniently they can circulate in different societies. With this type of technology, of course, people can be influenced by anything screen stares at her. And while cultural globalization has had positive effects, this is not always the case.
In an unforeseen way, the severity of racism around our whole world is highlighted. Social media and messaging platforms are vehicles for spreading the news that want to exist in the world. The reality is that this news or social media based content can be potentially harmful. This is exactly what happened to racism. The internet gave way to hatred and somehow gained popularity. When I speak of Rooms of hateI mean blogs, videos, and websites that have come together for no apparent reason to hate a particular group, but there will never be an excuse for racism. And it is not surprising that violence is growing in importance as hatred.
To get back to basics, the basis of globalization lies in the ability to communicate freely in order to gain something in return, be it goods, ideas or some other cultural aspect. Nonetheless, what is communicated does not always have the best effect, which leads me to the importance of the violence that has been imposed on the world – not least thanks to cultural globalization. One of the reasons violence is accelerating could very well be because of the unnatural content that has become so easily accessible. As the web is now home to many hateful sites, such platforms have encouraged other behaviors in addition to their irrational dislike of a particular group.
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It shouldn’t be so surprising to learn that violence can (and does) come from anything that is focused on so much hatred. This includes, but is not limited to hate crime, in which people are attacked physically and emotionally. A prime example of hate crime portrayals is the response of official authorities to certain types of groups and / or races. It happens again and again, and there is little room to deny the statistics that say it does not affect all groups of people.
With all of this, it is almost impossible not to see how alive racism is still. What’s even more amazing is that the history books have taught us that racism ended a few years ago, but that doesn’t seem to be true. Perhaps we just didn’t have access to instant information like we do today, which made it easier to silence discrimination. It would make sense, especially given the importance we as a society attach to documenting facts. Can you imagine how much important information was left out of the world because it was intentionally not documented? Scary, isn’t it?
However, writer, Artists and even laypeople have always spoken of the constant inequality towards already marginalized groups. For example, let’s take a quick look at the National Woman Suffrage Association. This association was founded by Susan B. Anthony, who, as many know, was one of the most influential pioneers in calling on the United States government to allow women to vote. While Susan B. Anthony paved the way for this basic human right for women, it does not mean that the movement was all-encompassing. Instead, it was inspired by other women of the time, along with Susan B. Anthony, who often chanted angrily at government officials for allowing men of color to vote before their kind. It is absurd that this happened, but what is even more baffling is how overt racism has been used to promote women’s suffrage. Yet many did not blink their eyes at this kind of posture. Instead, the world stepped over racism to avoid shedding light on it.
Currently, despite all of our cultural advances, it is no secret that hate crimes due to racism and other forms of discrimination have increased. With one click, anyone can view the next trending topic, even if it is about modern racism.
Fortunately, the downside of this frightening reality is that globalization is now slowly but surely being used to help the world. The same clicks are now used to inform people of the right action to take when racism or any type of discrimination is expressed. It’s really up to us to teach each other how to properly use their access to technology. To report hateful or discriminatory content. to Spreading love and empowerment for others. Be empathetic. To share positive experiences that others can relate to. To comment on someone who seems to be having a hard time. You never know what a single sentence can mean for someone else. Be the change with the changes that have been imposed on us.