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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
 
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It's Stupid, we are all amazing so chill.

white, black, hispanic, asian, indian, arabic, does it matter? Racism is messed up, all of our races have done good and bad.
by Jersey Kid January 26, 2008
 
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TRUE DEFINITION: the overlying term for actions taken against a group of people because of origin or skin color.

PRACTICED DEFINITION: anything a white person does which could possibly pose a hint of a threat to the feelings of an individual of another race.

by the way people, when MLK JR. said that people should be judged "not by the colour of their skin but the content of their character", he didnt mean "make it easy as hell for black kids to get into college because they have a higher melonin content in their skin".

and lastly, Malcolm X was a racist, just like the KKK. anyone who denies it is a closed minded, irrational individual who should be considered as a candidate for a frontal lobotomy.

black supremacy is acceptable today, but white opinions are legally punishable. where has justice gone
affirmative action should be considered as racism and therefore a massive hate crime
by Thy Conquerer May 31, 2006
 
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When a certain group of people is singled out. Althought I strongly am against rasism, ponder this...

In America, why is it that it would be socially acceptable to have a "Black Students of America" for instance but outragious to have a Caucasian student group? Doesn't that seem racisit?
My good friend applied to a scholarship program but was denied, not because he was underqualitied, but becaues he wasn't Islamic.Since my friend happened to be Caucasian, however, this act of racism went unnoticed.
by J0_jo April 13, 2006
 
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See also stupidity.
Racism & stupidity go hand in hand.
by Me. October 08, 2004
 
12.
A belief of ethnical superiority, always expressed either discrimination or violence.
A non-asian person makes fun an asian person by making gibberish noises which represents the asian person's language or assume he can't speak proper english.

A group white people see a black person walking by and assumes he is stupid, violent and can't speak proper english.

A group of black people see a white person and make fun of him by acting white.

A group of people talk trash about the person next to them in a language only they can understand.

A person getting lynched by a group with all members of being the race.
by rei February 20, 2005
 
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A very cruel form of hatred towards another race. A very terrible thing.
Racism is one of the worst things to ever happen to our world.
by Lieutenant Tarpit June 02, 2004
 
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Racism - A media instilled buzzword used by non-whites against whites to get what they want at any given oppurtunity
Jermaine had Norbert fired because Norbert asked Jermaine to raise the roof. According to Jermaine, that's racism!
by brad... April 03, 2006