Discuss the implications of racism for social work practice.

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This is a good question. The implications are far reaching.

It is possible to make the case that we see racism in the fact that there are not enough social workers in poor areas, where social workers are particularly needed. Moreover, we can say that there is not enough funding when it comes to social work and social services, which shows a certain amount of racism, because many of these neighborhoods that need social workers and programs are minorities groups. It always amazes me that nice areas seem to have enough money for social programs, but poorer areas always lack.

In addition to this, we can argue that the implications of this can be disastrous. For one thing, any unfair treatment based on race will cause bitterness and anger to rise. Second, without the proper services to poorer communities that need help, there can be a cycle of poverty that causes many social problems in the future.