Racism Now

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on July 23, 2019 and last updated on February 6, 2023

Obviously, racism in western society has dramatically decreased over the last 100 or so years. Most people in today’s society like to think of themselves as inclusive to all races, and would certainly not describe themselves as being racist.

However, more recently racism and accusations of racism in the news seem to have increased, which leads to the question Is society more racist now than 20 years ago?

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • racism (noun)
  • racist (adjective)
  • prejudice (noun)
  • dramatically (adverb)
  • overused (adjective)
  • accusation (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • Is society more racist now than 20 years ago?
  • How would you define racism?
  • Do you consider the area you live to be racist to some degree?
  • Do you feel there is more racism now than 20 years ago? If yes, why do you think this is?
  • Do you think the term “racist” is overused?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.