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Racism Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race
  • the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races ,
  • discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race

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Racism Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Racism is defined as the belief that the human species is divided into races, which can be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to others, and the actions which result from those beliefs.

Racism has existed throughout human history. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes.

However, racism has never been the only cause of wars and slavery, and only rarely has it been the main cause. Rather, the causes of war and slavery had more to do with political goals of rulers. Wars were fought regularly, and the reasons included the ambitions of rulers for land, power and glory. The wars produced slaves from the losing side, and slaves brought economic benefits. For the ordinary household, a slave or two helped to maintain a good life; for a king, slaves could be used for grand projects. All cultures used slaves of all complexions. Most of the slaves in Europe were not Africans, they were other Europeans. "As late as 1311, there were 30,000 Christian slaves in the kingdom of Grenada".p37

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'Racism' example sentence in quotations

* To make inexpensive guns impossible to get is to say that you're putting a money test on getting a gun. It's racism in its worst form. - Roy Innis

* History is not going to be kind to liberals. With their mindless programs, they've managed to do to Black Americans what slavery, Reconstruction, and rank racism found impossible destroy their family and work ethic. - Walter Williams

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Racism Sample Sentences in News

  • Racism concerns remain at Mount Allison University, group says
    An incident of blackface at a Halloween party is prompting a Mount Allison University group to claim that racism on campus is still a problem.  Black Students for Advocacy, Awareness and Togetherness (BSAAT), a race relations group, is behind the push for more accountability over racism at the school. Laurin Davis, a member of the advocacy group, said there is no Read more on this news related to 'Racism'
  • Digging up the roots of racism in Winnipeg won't be easy
    It is refreshing to see Winnipeggers talk openly about racism in light of Maclean’s latest cover story, but we will not resolve racism against indigenous communities until we dig deep into the colonial roots that have allowed racism to become what it is today. Unless, of course, you are Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister. Nevertheless, racism is a v Read more on this news related to 'Racism'
  • Winnipeg to launch website seeking ideas on eliminating racism
    Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman says he wants ideas on how to eliminate racism in the city, and he's setting up a website where people can submit their thoughts. "Regardless if you're indigenous or not, this affects all of us as a community," he told Marcy Markusa of CBC's Information Radio Tuesday from Connie's Corner Cafe in Winnipeg' Read more on this news related to 'Racism'

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