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Signs of Racism by Rajiv Kapur

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Signs of Racism by Rajiv Kapur

Signs of Racism offers a glimpse into what racism means today.

Historically, racism was more prevalent, more obvious, but actually

less disparaging to the victim than it is today. You see, SoR

underlines the fundamental reasoning that quiet, subtle jabs with

racist remarks are more pestilent. The subjugated can overcome overt

oppression because none 'can respect his oppressor.' Kapur offers us a

number of examples of what the signs of (subtle) racism are; many of

which may not be obvious to readers.

SoR provides proof that the antagonistic sentiments of racists are due

in part to not one, but several factors - each offering a very

convincing argument. Kapur provides signs that at first may appear

benign, are actually deeply motivating factors of malevolence to

people of other races. SoR makes it quite clear to all, that racists

do not feel compassion for members of the race which they are

displaying their 'subtle' partiality.

Racism is shown to stem from an individual who needs to maintain

(albeit, an imaginary) position of supremacy. A racist will use all

means possible to subjugate the victimized race. A racist feels no

remorse or sympathy for the impact his racist actions have on the

victimized. The overall aura of all the signs projects a racist of

hatred and heartless sensibilities.

SoR is not an impartial piece of literature. Kapur provides us with

the views of a person afflicted by subtle racism. Consequently, we see

the views of the victim and not the racist expressed. This position is

espoused by the majority of the world, and so is readily accepted.

(That might be an interesting concept for a book, though - Hatred of

the Bigot.) This partiality does not impair his writing, however. On

the contrary, the lifetime reality Kapur was familiar with (covert

racism) supports his subjective reasoning.

The description (or rather, oblique explanation) of a racist was also

emphasized in SoR - a racist is a racist regardless of 'religion,

intelligence, cultural level, social status, benevolence towards

members of their own race or social motivation.' The stereotype of a

racist is abolished. Kapur argues that racists come from all races and
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