What is racism?

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    I read on another thread that using racial slurs isn't racist. I've also read that if you claim someone is a racist then you yourself are a racist. Both of these statements seem rather silly to me.

    To use examples in the news:

    Gates implies Crowley is a racist, therefore Gates is a racist.
    Obama says the cops acted stupidly, therefore Obama is a racist.
    Glenn Beck calls Obama a racist that hates whites, but Glen Beck isn't a racist.


    It's really more confusing to me as time goes by.

    Can anyone explain racism definitively?

    If you'd like, swap the word ethnist for racist, I've just used the term because it is more common. I realize all humans belong to the same race in reality.
     
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    Racism is a misused term mostly these days.

    Racism is the belief that a particular race is preferable, priviledged or entitled above others.

    White supremacist are racist. They believe white people are the "master" or best race.

    Certain segments of Judaism are racist. They believe Jews are the chosen race, above the rest.

    I am sure there are other people that believe there race is better or priviledged solely based upon ethnicity.

    Much of what get labeled as racist these days is actually discrimination or just poor behavior. The term has been stretched out of shape.
     
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    racism,, is the card democrats play regularly,, they in turn are the biggest racists on the planet.
     
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    Glenn Beck is just trying to be the next Rush
     
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    If you have to ask what racism is, then you must be a racist. :rolleyes:

    Seriously, I define a racist as a person who practices racial prejudice or discrimination. CharliedumBass is a prime example.
     
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    Good definitions. I would only add FEAR of someone who doesn't look or act like you. ("You" being all-inclusive.)
     
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    Also, racism is something LEARNED. Put a bunch of small children of different ethnicities together on a playground and they will act like children, until their parents decide to separate them out.
     
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    Why do you fear those who don't look or act like you?
     
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    I'm not sure about that one. I think it tends to support that the meaning of racism has been stretched out and watered down.

    The fear of strange or different people doesn't mean that you believe yourself or your race to be better than them. You're just scared. You could actually be afraid of them because they are bigger and stronger and appear to be a superior people to you and that is the exact opposite of racism.
     
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    Can't believe that Ravi is asking such a silly question. Racist is the Democrats most favorite word outside of taxes. If you're a Democrat, you define anybody that isn't a Democrat as being a "racist".
    If you attended one of those T-Bag things then according to some of the most ignortant people I've ever seen a microphone in front of, you are a "racist". So you see, RACIST has many definations. I've just mentioned a few. Now if you want a couple of perfect examples of a racist I can do that for you too. Obama is a racist. So is that dopey professor from Cambridge who will be by his side tomorrow drinking a beer at the white house.
     
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