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
Contrary to popular belief, this is a concept not based on hate, but rather on treatment and assumption. True racism is a persons preferential OR hateful treatment of someone who has more or less skin pigmentation than said person, regardless of which person is darker or lighter. This is the real, non-urban definition of the word.

Religion does not factor in. Ever. That is religious intolerance or religious discrimination. Not Racism.

Sadly, preferential treatment due to skin color has become known as 'white condescention' an inherently racist term as it implies that only caucasians engage racially condescending behavior.

Racists forget that 'assumption' cannot be spelled without 'ass'.

A word of advice: Try not to get into an argument with an imbecile. Bystanders probably won't be able to tell you apart.
Rosa Parks' arrest as a result of her choosing to sit at the front of a bus rather than the back, a stipulation applied by a racist governmental system.

Also, the 180 degree turn that said system has taken in forcing employers to hire based on pigment rather than qualification is racism at work.

The assumption that everyone who wears a turban runs a 7-eleven is racist, as are the phrases 'I love (insert color here) people!', and 'reverse racism'.
by Kailen Montresor April 25, 2006
Belief in or advocacy of preferential treatment for or unusual burdens upon persons of a particular race, because of that race rather than other reasons.
Denying Negros voting rights in the US was an example of racism.
by Esse April 21, 2005
Everyone does it, no one wants it. Most of the worlds suffering is due to racism.
Jim: That nigger over there is probably going to mug me.
Bob: Why you gotta be racist man?
by Oz March 07, 2005
a horrible state of dillusional being in which one race believes they're better than another. load of crap.
racism blows.
by sleepisbetter June 28, 2003
1. the hatred of another for absoltely no reason except for the fact that they are different.
2. the thing that some black people use as an excuse for everything. Nowadays, racism is less common, but it seems that it is reversing things now. A black person can call a white person "white boy" but if a white person calls a black person "black boy" he will be accused of being a racist, even though it is the same thing. Real racism is serious and should be fought against, but all this blaming everything on racism is just pathetic.
1. Some famous racists are Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan.
2. Racism isn't the reason for everything wrong in a black (or any colored race)person's life.
by OnyxBT August 02, 2005
a type of abuse towards another human being because of skin tone, culture or background.
what a racist bitch man
by LatinaKaterina November 16, 2004
The artful application of the 'divide and conquer' theory which is successful because it convinces the protagonists to blame each other for perceived crimes - thereby obscuring the actual guilty party or parties.
The people were so busy arguing about racism, they failed to notice they were slaves.

Pinochet, Mugabe, Tito, Hirohito, Hitler, Edi Amin, Mao, Bush, and Mussolini. (color is not the common denominator)
by Kingazzaman July 10, 2008

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