How Common Is Racism Today?

Racism, which is the belief that certain ethnic groups are superior to others, is still commonplace around the world. Its effects can be felt, to varying degrees, on every continent.

In Australia, from 2009 to 2010, racist attacks against Indians were on the rise, which prompted the Indian government to issue a travel advisory about the ongoing dangers of traveling to the continent. Throughout Western Europe, Arabs and Jews continue to suffer from negative sentiments and racist attacks resulting from the hostilities in the Middle East. Widespread poverty and the lack of land ownership by Africans in Zimbabwe have been blamed for increasing racism against white farmers.

Discrimination is evident across the Middle East, which is largely aimed at low-wage foreign workers. Reports of passports being taken away indefinitely and workers being treating inhumanely are also commonplace. Strong anti-Vietnamese sentiment persists in Cambodia, and violence against affluent Chinese is a problem in Indonesia. In India, centuries-old discriminatory practices against the Dalits, the lowest class in Hinduism, is ongoing. In the United States, racism is a stubborn and well-known problem, which manifests itself as racial profiling, police brutality and the troubling backlash against modern-day immigrants.