The Color of Racism: Understanding & Overcoming Discrimination

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Discrimination is not about black and white, or male and female; it is about physical differences. And, our perceptions of these physical differences influence our attitudes. Hence, instead of trying to change our differences, we should strive to change our perceptions of these differences.

Some of the chapters of this extraordinary self-help book deal with developing a positive attitude, getting along with others, and becoming more successful in multicultural America, no matter what color you are.

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The following pages are taken from the chapter "The Habit of Excellence," page 125.

While racism is a major problem in the United States, excellence is the number one obsession. The competition in all walks of life is intense. People want to look their best and they want superior products and services. You want the most reliable car you can afford. When you are hungry, you go to visit the restaurant that has the most delicious food. There is one amazing quality about excellence: the opportunity to excel is constantly available to everyone. Every second of your life, you have an opportunity to do a task better. When you are the best in your chosen profession, no one can make you feel worthless. Excellence is not a one-shot deal; it has to be developed. Seek to excel in everything you do. Strive to improve yourself as much as you can. According to Aristotle, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

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The following pages are taken from the chapter 'Racism Targets Differences," page 24.

Many people like to think of racism as a black-white problem, but it is not so superficial. If all blacks suddenly turned blue, would racism end? Certainly not. People tend to use any kind of difference as an excuse for discriminating. If Caucasians were the only race, whites would discriminate against each other on the basis of geographic origin--North and South, for example. Whites within a particular region would discriminate on the basis of hair

and/or eye color. Paradoxically, even African-Americans discriminate against each other. Some light-skinned blacks act as if they are more attractive and intellectually superior to darker-skinned blacks.

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