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What is Racism?

In the modern world racism has many definitions and many more manifestations. The current Oxford dictionary defines racism as: 'noun
  1. the belief that there are characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to each race.
  2. discrimination against or antagonism towards other races'.
Although there is a veracity to what is outlined above, it does not cover the consquent manifestations and is incapable of illustrating the profound hostility and hatred that can be constructed as a result of subscribing to these attitudes. From such prejudices comes discrimination in a plethora of ways. This discrimination now affects many people through skin colour, nationality, national origin and ethnicity. Through more freedom of movement the issue of immigration is very much to the fore, and with that comes lies and distortions from agendised individuals and bodies, not least media outlets, particularly those with a historic hostility to immigrants.

In modern times racism against people based upon their skin colour, particularly those from a perceived African or Caribbean background has became more and more socially unacceptable and whilst this societal disapproval is welcome, racism against others because of national identity, national origin and ethnic identity has became more and more problematic.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their skin colour, nationality, national origin, ethnicity and culture.

What is religious intolerance?

This, like racism in many ways has been evident for centuries and has led to conflict and persecution across the globe. However it is worth noting that the overwhelming majority of the world's population who adhere to religious teachings do so without engendering or encouraging a hostility towards others and their religion or faith.

The reality is that many who hold such hostile attitudes to others of different faiths possess only a warped religious identity and not a genuine religious lifestyle. From the historic anti-Catholic sentiments in Scotland and Ireland, to anti-Semitism which pervades various groups globally to the recent upsurge in anti-Islamic sentiments in both Britain and Europe there is a constant need to remain vigilant regarding the divisive agendas of both individuals and groups whose motives lead to a more disharmonious society.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their religion or faith.

What is Homophobia ?

Prejudice and its outworkings against people as a result of their sexuality has been prevalent for centuries. This has been exacerbated by figures within or claiming to speak on behalf of various religions and denominations within mainstream faiths on the issue of sexual orientation.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their sexual orientation.

What is Ageism?

Discrimination against individuals and groups through perceptions of age continues to exist within daily life, particularly the workplace environment. We are fully supportive of the belief that the capability and competence of any individual is the only consideration apropos employment practice or indeed within wider society.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their age.

What is Sexism?

The matter of gender inequality is another area which has its roots from many years ago. The effects of the disenfranchisement of women across country, creed and culture from bygone days still has a resonance today. There is more of an equitable society in areas which women were traditionally prohibited from but there are still areas and mindsets which cannot fully comprehend the concept of gender equality. Additionally the after effects of such archaic attitudes can still be felt today with women still under represented in positions of authority across industry, commerce and the social spectrum.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of their gender.

What is Disablism?

The abuse of individuals and groups through disability is commonplace in society. Such abuses and prejudices have ensured that discrimination continues to exist in this area. The disability of an individual does not mean he or she is unable in a multitude of areas, yet there remains a worrying belief amongst some that those with specific disabilities are of no value to society. CICI are proponents of the belief that an individual's competence and capability should always be the only consideration regarding employment practice and that in wider society those with disabilities should not be subjected to verbal and physical abuse through disability.

CICI are completely opposed to all prejudice and discrimination against individuals and groups as a consequence of disability.

"True and transparent Equality is only achievable when the suppressed, armed with conviction, see themselves as equal."