What is racism?

  • (noun): The prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Racism is usually defined as views, practices and actions reflecting the belief that humanity is divided into distinct biological groups called races and that members of a certain race share certain attributes which make that group as a whole less desirable, more desirable, inferior or superior.

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Symbolic Racism - History
... people in America found old-fashioned (or “Jim Crow”) racism dissolving along with segregation ... Symbolic racism is a term that was coined by David Sears John McConahay (1973) to explain why most White Americans supported principles of equality for Black ... While equal rights are fought for vehemently, symbolic racism is still prominent today in the United States and possibly acts as a mask for old-fashioned racism ...
White Symbolic Racism in America
... Some prejudiced people do not view symbolic racism as prejudice since it is not linked directly to race but indirectly through social and political issues ... the abstract idea of equality Symbolic racism is a form of modern racism, as it is more subtle, indirect, and rationalizable than old-fashioned, more overt forms of racism ... As symbolic racism develops through socialization and its processes occur without conscious awareness, an individual with symbolic racist beliefs may ...
Les Back - Key Studies
... Whiteness Color, Politics and Culture (2003 with Vron Ware), The Changing Face of Football Racism, Identity and Multicuture in the English Game (2001) with T Crabbe and J ... Solomos, New Ethnicities and Urban Culture Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives(1996), Racism and Society (1996 with John Solomos) and Race, Politics and Social Change (1995 ... volumes The Auditory Cultures Reader (2003 with Michael Bull), Theories of Race and Racism A Reader (2000 with John Solomos) and (1993) (co-editor with Anoop Nayak) Invisible Europeans ...
Laissez-faire Racism
... Laissez-Faire Racism (a.k.a ... symbolic racism) is closely related to color-blind racism and covert racism, and is theorized to encompass an ideology that blames minorities for their poorer economic situations, viewing it as the result of ... the idea that minorities were biologically inferior to whites—to a more subtle form of racism that continues to rationalize the ongoing problem of racial oppression in the United States ...

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