Racism is predatory behavior, of which social disconnectedness serves to strengthen this assaultive practice; and is centered on the notion that one group is dominant and superior to another group primarily because of race, and persons within the subordinate group are excluded because of their skin color or other distinctive phenotype. Racism uses superiority, degradation, humiliation and segregation to structure social policies and group interaction, even across hemispheres. This predatory behavior promotes a closed, segregated system of education, health and labor that favors dominant racial groups over subordinate persons and enhances the quality of life of the dominant groups. Using critical race theory as a guiding framework, we present the argument that to diminish social disconnectedness in a diverse society, we must understand the transmission of racism across nations and how it relates to decreasing the divides associated with differences to promote a more responsive democratic representation in diverse nations. The anticipated outcome of this paper is to offer that racism is an international predatory phenomenon that promotes social disconnectedness.
|Keywords:||Racism, Social Disconnectedness, Civic Engagement, Coalition Building|
Assistant Professor, School of social Work, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, USA
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, USA
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