In this essay, I will talk about xenophobia, racism and human persecution, which is cruel and unfair treatment of a person or group because of their religious or political beliefs or their race. A person is xenophobic if they show strong dislike or fear of people from other countries, while a racist person believes that some people are inferior because they belong to a particular race. These are really important factors that have changed the way we live today. And even nowadays there are a lot of problems that arise from these issues, even if they decreased compared to some decades ago.
Personally, when I come into close contact with people that do not look, speak or act like me, I don’t feel nervous. I don’t really know why, but I think it’s due to the way I grew up. I’m a Chinese person, but I’m born in Italy and I lived all the time here, up to now. From one point of view, I should have considered my classmate as foreigners, because they all looked different from me, but on the other hand, I shouldn’t consider my classmate as foreigners because, in the end, I’m actually also Italian because I have always lived in Italy. Even though I don’t have any prejudices about other people, this doesn’t mean that other people behaved in the same way as me.
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I actually never had very big problems with people that were prejudicing me, but sometimes happened. For example, one day when I was in fifth grade, some children, younger than me, offended me only because I was Chinese. But I knew that they didn’t really know what they were saying and I didn’t say anything about them. Another similar example of prejudice that it’s more known is about two Italian people, who are bar’s proprietors, beaten to death by a black person only because they suspected that he stole some money from the bar.
I think that many racist problems that there are in the world, like the one that I mentioned before, are due to prejudice. Many people judge a person from another country only on its aspect, without knowing him. This could be natural, but it’s also taught to us in some indirect ways. It could be natural because as a human instinct, people tend to act in a very careful way when they see a person that is really different from them. But this can be also taught to us even if in an indirect way.
Usually, our feelings and impressions are transmitted to us through the way that our parents act like. For example, if a child sees his dad acting in a certain way towards a person, it’s almost sure that even the child will act like his father. However, I think that nowadays we shouldn’t have many prejudices about other people because of globalization.
There are many ways to reduce this fear towards the “foreigners” people. I’m going to an international school, where I have many classmates from different countries and I think that this is one of the most important ways to overcome this problem. More people should travel around the world, discovering new cultures and new people from different countries so that they judge the people by their real characteristics, rather than just judge all the people of a country in the same way.
I think that we cannot train people to overcome racism and xenophobia, but people can only get used to it. In the past there were also people who fought against racism, making speeches or manifestations and this could be another way to overcome it. Some famous people are Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.
In conclusion, I think that people should not remain in their country for their entire life, without knowing what is happening outside their country. This is because in this way, people will never learn about other cultures, and they will judge other people only in a superficial way, based on their sex, race, politics or culture.
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