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What is Racism?

According to the English Oxford Living Dictionaries, racism is defined as

“Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s race is superior.”

As you can see, the standard dictionary definition of racism is making the assumption that humans are divided into different races. Because of that, some people may feel that their own race is superior to other races. It is strange that people have a need to feel superior to others. According to this definition, racism is based on a “belief that one’s race is superior.” Where does this belief in superiority come from? What is this belief based on? The short answer is that the belief is baseless and at best, faulty when placed under any serious scrutiny.

It is important to take a different look at how other people define racism. Let us consider the following definition of racism by Conde (2017):

Racism is the mistaken and gratuitous belief that the social construct of race is the primary factor in determining human characteristics and abilities, and that racial differences produce, again mistakenly and gratuitously, inherent superiority of a particular race.

I like the fact that Conde highlights the fallacy in believing that a social contract is valid enough to use it to discriminate against other people. There is one human race and any attempt to divide the human race into different categories, classes or groups is a social construct because there is no such thing as the black race, white race, or Asian race. In as much as people like to use this classification, it does not make it true. This is why to fight racism, it is important to start deconstructing some of these social constructs.

I was hoping you could help me to spread the word and be part of the solution. Complaining is good, but solving problems is more significant! Be part of the solution.

Racism, Where Is Your Sting?: A provocative look at the beginning and the end… via Wanda’s amazing Amazon reviewers

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