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
Treating someone differently just because of their race and nothing else.
it IS racism to say "all *insert race* people are worthless"

it is not racist to say something based on fact "black people are better at running while white people are better swimmers" (as proven by the olympics)
by Soniku October 05, 2005
Discrimination against any race, religion, or culture.
Racism can be:

Calling and African American the N word (Race)

Calling an italian a WOP (culture)

Making fun of a Jewish person. (Religion)
by society master May 02, 2007
1. The discrimination of another group of people based solely on superficial characteristics, with the belief that one race is superior to another.

2. A system where the minority group loses, and the dominant group benefits.

1. the discrimination of black people is a direct result of racism.

2. white privilege.
by jessicaxx February 08, 2007
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in character or ability.

2. Racial Prejudice + Power = Racism

Many 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.
Marginalized groups of people can have racial prejudice towards members of the dominant group, but since they lack the power to oppress that group, it cannot be accurately called "racism."
In most cases racism includes the social, political, and economic advantage of one group in relation to others.

See Wikipedia's article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism for more information.
Racism is difficult to see from a position of privilege and difficult to live with from a position of marginality.

Marginalized people, historically racial minorities, live with the presence of racism in their daily lives.

In America, racism continues to be perpetuated by whites, knowingly or unknowingly, blinded by their own privilege.
by Zedster March 15, 2006
Regular Racism: Prejudice from one race to another, usually based on stereotypes.
American Racism: White people who hate black people
Another common american term for Racism: White people who are proud of their heritage (Though I'll admit it's not really something to be proud of.)
Stereotypes good and bad, You find the racism;
Black: My dad was a civil rights leader!
Bad black: My dad's a gangster!
Asian:We helped build canals in america!
Azn: I'M AN anNoYinG N00b!
White: We established America.
Bad White: And now we're going to take away everything it stands for!
Hispanic: I am an upstanding citizen and work very hard for minimal payment.
Bad Hispanic: My dad's a gangster.
I could go on.
by joebillybobbrown April 03, 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
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
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