Still looking for the word for this sentiment: "vote for someone that looks like you"

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    I'm not sure that 'racism' is the right word for this.

    Read more: Coggs' 'looks like you' quote starts debate - JSOnline



    One specific definition of racism, from Merriam-Webster:

    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 ​


    If your race has a history of being oppressed and treated as inferior, then wanting those of your race to gain more power and not lose what they have gained is different from the idea that one race is inherently superior to another. So the word "racism" might not apply.

    Does American English have adequate terminology for such statements which would easily be categorized as racism if said by a white supremacist but which are more complicated when said by a member of a struggling minority group?
     
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    I believe the word "racist" would fit quite nicely don't ya think?? :cool:
     
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    I thought I made my ambivalence about the term clear.

    I know that some think it applies. However, it's awkward at best to try to apply it to people who are trying to gain the kind of empowerment which other demographics take for granted.




    I'm looking for less provocative and possibly more accurate terminology to describe what I consider unhelpful but not necessarily racist behavior and speech.
     
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    Good luck :cool:
     
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    Okay, I've given this some thought and the word is "racism."

    If the goal is to correct oppression, discrimination, unfair practices, missed opportunities, etc., then the mantra would be to vote for somebody who sees and will be committed to addressing that.

    To attach a skin color to that somebody is racism however well intentioned it might be.
     
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    I have to agree. Asking people to award their votes on the basis of skin color rather than the "content of character" is racism.
     
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    IF <---big if there

    one votes for someone who looks like themselves ONLY because they look like themselves, the word is racism.
     

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