Racism as observed and practiced is a prejudiced and/ or discriminatory action and reaction towards a race or individuals belonging to that race. When you address someone of another race in a discriminatory way for the purpose of throwing insults, it would considerably be an individual act rather than a collective one. But what if racism becomes a collective action? If we are to define crime as an action done against the morals of the majority, then I guess, racism here becomes a legal action validated by a collective consciousness.
An example of this legal collective racist act is the current immigration laws in Arizona, where colored individuals (specifically the Hispanics) are terrorized and dehumanized for the said purpose of “immigration law protocols” and “associated with crime prevention.” Above is a documentary of the most lethal sheriff in Arizona on immigration depicting racial profiling(specifically of the Hispanics), discrimination, and inhumane use of power, where although it is but known to be “legal,” yet it clearly dehumanizes individuals and defies human rights. (it’s quite a watch but its really packed with emotions and reality). The documentary shows how the Hispanics are being profiled and typified to be the cause of crime by the authorities themselves. The Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio always points out how he is doing all these measures and inhumane street ambush, influence manipulation and radically educating citizens regarding illegal immigration through the schools, to “prevent crime.” But the fact is that, he utilizes the police force majorly for the purpose of implementing immigration laws but not on crime. Supposedly, the police forces are to provide the citizens protection, security, and not fear. They should be working for the citizens and fighting for every individual rights an not to exploit it. This as an example of a collective racist act, I think is what we should really draw our attention to. If we have the time to brood over everyday petty racist remarks received, maybe we could also once in a while focus our attention to the collective racist acts that other people are mired to struggle against- everyday of their lives. Perhaps we can think of ways on how we can attain racial equality not only within our circles but also in a wider sphere.