If you are treated unfairly – for example, by a landlord or estate agent, when you are renting or buying a property and it’s because of who you are, it may be unlawful discrimination. If you have experienced unlawful discrimination, you may be able to do something about it.
There are many examples of subtle forms of racial discrimination. In employment, it can take the form of failing to hire, train, mentor or promote a racialised person. Racialised persons may find themselves subjected to excessive performance monitoring or may be more seriously blamed for a common mistake.
“Whenever there is an unequal distribution of power, if you look upwards in the hierarchy, you tend to see white people; if you look down, you tend to see people of color,” Johnson said. This does not mean that most white people have power, because most don’t. It does mean that the most powerful people are likely to be white.
The debate over the cultural and historical meanings of this 9000 year old skeleton reveals the power that the concept of race still wields for us, and how entangled racism is in places we might not expect to find it. While the debate over Kennewick Man can be seen as a conflict of world views and cultural values–Native American faith and traditions up against Western scientific rationalism–closer examination, such as Jack Hitts Harper’s article, “Mighty White of You”, reveals how race and racism permeate the story.
Imagine that police or counter-terror experts in the future decide to search suspects for brain waves that suggest a propensity toward violence—a sort of cognitive profiling. These neuro-imaging technologies scans can show that the parts of the brain responsible for impulse control and empathy are underactive and those responsible for aggression and more animalistic, violent activities are overactive.
Race consciousness is key to how we learn to perceive ourselves and the people around us (even if we don’t always want to admit it); just think of how we describe people—“an elderly asian woman, about five foot three; a tall black man in his thirties, wearing a leather jacket”. In these “identifying descriptions”, race, along with gender, is essential, especially if it is other than white.