Racism has infected humanity for many centuries. It surrounds us -- overt and violent, inconspicuous and passive, and terribly destructive to oppressors and those it targets. Racism kills hundred of thousands of humans each year and makes the lives of millions miserable and desperate. People demonstrate racism through active, violent, destructive ways and others by passive acts of omission and exclusionary policies. The oppressors of racism denigrate, vilify, and dehumanize their targets to justify their attitudes and conduct. Exploitive societies have adopted racism to control and maintain power by dividing their populations and abating their influence by promoting hurt, confusion, bitterness, and distrust. A divided population is one that is more easily controlled.