Racism Now


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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?


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)

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Is society more racist now than 20 years ago?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Racism Now
  • 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?

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