Just what is racism?

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    Like love and hate, the word racism has become one of the most over-used, misused and misunderstood words in the contemporary American language. I recently heard a radio talk show caller, apparently a young Black girl, say her family has a dog because her father is "racist against cats!" So it occurs to me that some (most?) people who use this word are expressing something the meaning of which is tainted by their own perceptions and/or misperceptions.

    So I'm requesting that participants in this forum submit their personal understanding of what the word racism means. And it's important to understand that consulting a dictionary will defeat the purpose of the survey.

    Thank you.
     
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    To me, "racism" is an extreme form of "prejudice". It is the belief that a person's character will turn out to have certain traits based upon their apparent racial identity. It is also the willingness to attribute apparent bad traits or bad behavior to their apparent racial identity, rather than to the factors we know to shape human personality: genetics overshadowed by environment. Where the perceived traits are predominately negative and the subject of the beliefs is predominately disadvantaged, the use of racist ideas to justify injustice or unequal treatment is most disturbing, but the failure to recognize that environment disables some folks -- and that environment includes encountering people with devaluing racist beliefs -- is almost as bad.
     
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    Racism is the belief that a persons racial characteristics are the predominantly controlling force of their lives.
     
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    I know it when I see it...
     
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    A term you can safely ignore.

    If "racism" were to have apolitical and widespread utility, Hispanic hatred of whites would be called "racism", Jewish oppression of Arabs would be called "racism", and so on.

    But it's not.

    "Racism" basically means white people noticing that they're a bit better at certain things than other racial groups.

    Never mind that this happens to be true.

    So maybe a nice definition would be, "a white person taking notice of the general ability of whites to maintain functioning civil societies in contrast to the inability of blacks or Hispanics to do the same."

    Again, never mind that it's TRUE!

    So...

    "Racism": a scare-all term meant to bully whites into giving up their achievements and heritage without a fight.

    So far, it's working.
     
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    Peter Brimelow's definition of a racist:

    Someone who's winning an argument with a liberal.
     
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    Alex Linder's definition of racism:

    Conservatism with descended testicles.
     
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    Geez, I spend the bulk of my time arguing with liberals, racists, and liberal racists, what the heck does that make me?:tongue:
     
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    Racism is a tired and over-used word that means the person using it has ran out of arguments.
     
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    Racism is whatever Al or Jesse say it is.
     

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