Something no one understands the actual meaning of anymore. People, of all races, tend to cry racist anytime any sensitive issue involving race is mentioned nowadays.
Racism is the act of discriminating against a person or group of peoples based solely on their perceived racial identities, such as "The restaurant had a sign that clearly read 'No Mexicans'"

It is NOT when someone says "hey, that only happened because you're white/black/mexican/whatever".
by kiptastic March 31, 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
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: 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
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
Being prejudice against ones race, because they are different. Being racist does not make you better than anyone else, and you are more than likely to see racism on Urban Dictionary. I guarantee, you will. Just search the terms up. Also, a majority of white people who use the N word use it because they have no knowledge of the background. Most of them think it is funny. Racism can lead to Hate-Crimes. Racist people think they are superior than everyone, and they think it is funny. It's funny how Urban dictionary does nothing to stop it.
Racism can be found here on Urbandictionary. If I simply search up the N word, I will find a bunch of racist things, instead of the actual term.
by Anti-Racism12345 April 30, 2010
The act of discriminating someone because of their skin, culture, language, etc.
Jake: I hate purple people.
George: Racism isn't cool man!
by Ragical August 30, 2005
a person who hates on another for not being/being a certain race. A way to make someone feel inferior to another.
Assholes, arrongant jerks, mean pricks, sick bastards
by Who The Douce Are You? April 19, 2005

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