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Racism definition: Merriam-Webster to make update after request
1 - a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2a - a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles, b) a political or social system founded on racism
3 - racial prejudice or discrimination
People were copy-and-pasting the definition to her in an attempt to prove racism could only exist if you believe your race to be superior to another. "They were saying: 'You're in school [university], so what do you mean? You have privileges as well'. I said it's not about that, it's about the hurdles that I had to jump over because of the colour of my skin and the systems that are in place."
On 28 May, Ms Mitchum emailed Merriam-Webster to point out that racism is "both prejudice combined with social and institutional power. It is a system of advantage based on skin colour".
To her surprise, she got a response the next day. After some back-and-forth, Merriam-Webster said the "issue needed to be addressed sooner rather than later" and that a revision would be made.
Ms Mitchum said the issue of definition is vital.
"I think it's very important for people to be on the same page," she said.
racism is "both prejudice combined with social and institutional power. It is a system of advantage based on skin colour".
originally posted by: myselfaswell
Are you seriously trying to tell me that a persons individual interpretation of personal experience can be taken as a racist event just because they felt that it was racist. Nothing to demonstrate racism, no evidence, no conversations, nothing....just a feeling.
originally posted by: JinMI
So every program that is in place to help folks of a certain skin color will now be racist, based on the supposed new definition?