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.