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Racism: The marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.
Also related are the definitions of Race and Systemic Racism.
originally posted by: TzarChasm
A lotta angry white people incoming. But let me stress they are just coincidentally white and that's not why they are angry about this.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
The definition of racism has not been changed, it has been more clearly defined. Humans define things to help us understand them. The older definition of racism was not enough to truly understand it.
There was a time when there was no racism. Racism is dependent upon the understanding that people of all races are ''people'. The time before when there was no racism in western culture was when if one was not white, one was not human. One was less than human. One was merely an advanced form of animal.
We have known for a long time that racism has been built into the social structures and economic structures of nations and cultures. It's not new. In fact, the definition as pointed out in the OP was published almost two years ago.
I wonder just what it is about this expanded definition that seems to be raising hackles.
originally posted by: Freeborn
a reply to: TzarChasm
Are you suggesting that only white people can be racist?
Do you think its ok to deliberately alter and manipulate the English language to further an ideological agenda?
Anyone or anything that seeks to further one race over another - for whatever reason - is racist. [/quoe]
Was the abolition of slavery racist? Slavery removed one of the over time established social structures of racism. Right?
Slavery sought to further one race over the established social structure of another race, that race being the prevailing race of slave owners. I don't see how any one can deny this.
Can this also be said about the civil rights movement? Furthering the advancement of one race over the entrenched institutional practices of what had once been the slave owning race. Abolition of slavery did not eliminate racism, it sprung up in other often more subtle forms.
This observation of institutional racism is not new, just the exposure of many to it's insidiousness . I learned about it in high school 60 years ago.