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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
 
57.
The only thing that isn't taken as seriously when a black guy does it in this day and age
racism.nasty shit
by alifig1 July 28, 2012
 
58.
Dident you hear? Black is the new White.
300 years ago: get to your fields nigguh!

Now:Get out my house! Fuck no! Obama is president! i can do what i want! Black power! and if you lay a finger on me imma get the police on you for racism!
 
59.
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
 
60.
a crime in which one race finds themselves superior to other races.
KKK I'm not racist. racism is a crime, and crimes are for black people.
by effyourlife December 26, 2011
 
61.
Is a common fascination among middle school-aged pre-teens. The two less dominate places it can be found in; immature 16 year old boys, and old rednecks primary in the south.
Racism: making fun of Hispanics form:"dude, i swear there are spics everywhere at school!" "yeah, that's because they were born here, they don't know how to hop a fence"
African Americans: (who says that? don't black people just like being called black?) black guy:"nah man, sice originated from us, you wouldn't get it" white kid "nigga what chu talkin bout?" "damn man, that's just to far..."
 
62.
The belief that some races are inherently superior (physically, intellectually, or culturally) to others and therefore have a right to dominate them. In the United States, racism, particularly by whites against blacks, has created profound racial tension and conflict in virtually all aspects of American society. Until the breakthroughs achieved by the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, white domination over blacks was institutionalized and supported in all branches and levels of government, by denying blacks their civil rights and opportunities to participate in political, economic, and social communities.
"The horror of class stratification, racism, and prejudice is that some people begin to believe that the security of their families and communities depends on the oppression of others, that for some to have good lives there must be others whose lives are truncated and brutal." - Dorothy Allison
by hurdrenee January 22, 2011
 
63.
The act of discrimination between the human races, recognising their genetic differences both physical and mental, their behaviour and culture, and appraising those differences. Also the beleif that multi-culturalism is wrong.

In today's society the term is strongly political, and many people synonymize the term with hatred, bigotry and fascism.
"The Bell Curve" (by Harvard professors Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, 1994) was one of several scientific and intellectual studies that encountered strong political opposition because it concluded that the average African-American trails 15-20 IQ points behind the average European. All authors were accused of racism.
by free thinker June 22, 2007