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
Something that has existed in every society since the beginning of time and shows no signs of going away right now. Whether it's white, black, Hispanic, or Asian people it's always another race that's at fault for whatever problems they have.
Imagine if we just looked past racial differences and see that we're just people. I know this sounds boring but it's true. Unfortunately racism will likely always exist in some form.
by Frustrated Human February 09, 2014
The biggest evil in this world, weather it's a joke or not.
Its racism to say, that man will steal my bike beacuse of his skin colour.
by Marko111 April 28, 2012
When a black guy can say nigger but a white guy can't. No matter what.
Detroit, New York, are a place you can find this racism
by Tildo December 06, 2010
SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SEIZED.
I FUCKING HATE RACISM.
by RACISMHATER July 17, 2010
The greatest evil that humanity ever manifested. This scourge of the human race has caused bloodshed in every country and every continent. Racism is the greatest division between the human race that stops us all from coming together as one and achieving a common goal: To make the world a better place.
non-racist person: Hey I found out how we can make the world a better place!

racist person:Fuck you. I don't want to make the world a better place with you because of your skin color or ethnicity because I practice racism.

non-racist person:damn.
by jack mcgurn May 13, 2008
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n.

1. What people like Al Sharpton and Reverend Jackson live off of.

2. Something that's perpetuated most often by people who don't even realize that they're doing it.
1.
These assholes are one of the reasons why we still have racism.

2.
Filthy wiggers dress up and act like stereotypical black people and perpetuate racism without even realizing it.
by Fuck Shit Piss August 12, 2007
Acknowledging the truth.

Antonyms: religion, politics, marketing.
"The steady decline in standardized test scores across the nation is the direct result of the suppression of racism in the American school system. This is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed."
by wrehchid May 12, 2014

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