1. The belief that "race" accounts for differences in character or ability.

2. Racial Prejudice + Power = Racism

People serious about the study of racism define it more strictly to mean the combination of racial prejudice + power. In other words, only the dominant group in a society can be racist because they have the power to oppress others. This forces the dominant group to recognize the dangerous side of their position of power and tends to make them upset. Some will avoid this issue all together and say that they are "colorblind", ignoring the very real effects of racial discrimination.

Marginalized groups of people can have racial prejudice towards members of the dominant group, (i.e., a black man calling a white man a cracker) but since they lack the power to oppress that group, it cannot be accurately called "racism." White people in America have not historically been called "crackers" and then been enslaved, denied work, imprisoned, framed, or hung by blacks.

In most cases, racism includes the social, political, and economic advantage of one group in relation to others. This can be seen in places where there is one group who has held control of essential positions in society. For example, America has existed for 230 years, but all the presidents have been white (males). Those who experience the effect of racism (minorities) often stick together to defend themselves against their harsh reality. They may form their own schools, newspapers, television networks and even create scholarships to help their people.

A person from the dominant group in society, however, doesn't need these specialized groups made just for them because they control the wealth and political/social/productive power and can always rely on these elements being there for their needs. From their perspective, things like Affirmative Action and the NAACP look like they perpetuate racism. In fact, these organizations are working to support marginalized, minority groups.

See Wikipedia's article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism for more information. Or read a history book.
Marginalized people, historically racial minorities, live with the presence of racism in their daily lives.

Racism is difficult to see from a position of privilege and difficult to live with from a position of marginality.

People who experience racism often become bitter or angry. They may last out at the dominant group and use against them, but they are still marginalized.

In America, racism continues to be perpetuated by dominant whites, knowingly or unknowingly, because they are blinded by their own privilege. Education and learning history are two sure ways to overcome racism.
by Zedster March 21, 2006
1. Something only white people can do, and no white person is capable of NOT doing.
The definition *is* an example of racism, because see, the worst racism is the kind *only the victims have a problem with.* If only white folks are complaining that other folks are being racist toward them, well we probably are. And if you think they "deserve" it, maybe you think White people live for hundreds of years, too. Nobody alive today in this country was ever a slave, and nobody alive today in this country ever owned one.
by warrioronyx May 07, 2006
state of mind in which one thinks he or she is better than members of another race because they are a different race
This country was not founded on equality of men, it was founded by racist slave owners who worked hard and fought for everything they had.

If the group of blacks scores lowest on the standardized tests, it is not racist to say that they are stupid.
by hahahaha March 08, 2005
The reason behind David Stern's new age limit to be allowed to play in the NBA.
Man, that new NBA age limit imposed by David Stern is motivated by racism!
by LilBibby2342 July 11, 2005
Racism is oppression based on racial hierarchy.

Bigots come in all races, but by definition, black people (for example) cannot be racist to a white person.

Some non-white people do "play the race card." However, I'll point out that white people "play the race card" every day of their lives. They may not know it, but they do. Such is the privilege of being white in this country.

-Luke Visconti
The legacy of slavery has benefited every white person in this country—directly and personally. In a very gross analogy, if you run a series of foot races over 300 years but prevent 13 percent of the participants from learning how to run for 180 years and then give them concrete sneakers for another 80 years—but allow them full access for 40 years, it will take the 13 percent quite a few races to be competitive because the other 87 percent advanced their skills by practice and repetition.

Life is not a foot race, but it is a fact that the average white person would not economically benefit from switching places with an average black person (black households average one-tenth the household wealth of white households). If you believe all people are created equal, there has to be a reason for this—and there is: racism.

-Luke Visconti
by Jennifer Kohut March 04, 2007
Displaced self loathing.
Racism
Blacks are bigger and stronger than us because we worked their asses hard back in the day.

Also see, Homophobia.
by The_Dalian December 16, 2005
black people think that white people hate their guts because they are black which causes them to hate us which is called reverse racism.This is for the guy that sick of all the racism in the world,if you can't make any sense of Jesus' death then you can't be a true Christian,the Romans crucified Jesus because He said He was God (which he is)while He was hanging on that cross He could of called angels down to save Him but he didn't because He was put on this earth to die for our sins so that we can have a relationship with God,He made it possible for our sins to be forgiven and all you have to do is ask God to forgive you. Oh yeah, if you were a true Christian then you wouldn't be cussing all over the place because you would know that God wouldn't want you to do that. If anybody has any questions just write them on here and I will answer them.
For God so loved the world that he gave His only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting lasting life
John 3:16
by blvr January 07, 2005
something that white people use against black people and other coloureds or ethnic people. Usually found in europe and the states.
Oi you nigger get out of my way im better than you cause im white even though you're smarter stronger older richer and have a job unlike me.
by Syyyrus August 29, 2005

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