a Refresher On Racism

"Racism is commonly defined as a belief or doctrine where inherent biological differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, with a corollary that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.[1]


The term racism is sometimes used to refer to preference for one's own ethnic group (ethnocentrism),[2] fear of foreigners (xenophobia), views or preferences against interbreeding of the races (miscegenation),[3] and nationalism,[4], and/or a generalization of a specific group of people (stereotype); regardless of any explicit belief in superiority or inferiority embedded within such views or preferences. Racism has been used in attempts to justify social discrimination, racial segregation and violence, including genocide. Politicians are known to practice race-baiting in an effort to win constituents.


The term racist, when used to describe someone who supports racism, has been a pejorative term since at least the 1940s, and the identification of a group or person as racist is nearly always controversial."


I find this definition a little confusing.  It is, after all, from Wikipedia, but I thought I'd share it anyway as a refresher. I think it is confusing because we all, in the end, come up with our own definition of what racism and rasist really means. This one says that it commonly ends up denoting superiority of one race over others, and then that sometimes it doesn't.


Having grown up in over 10 countries, and as I posted before, being of a certain ethnicity myself, I have come up with my own definition. To me it does denote superiosity (Racism) and a racist acts according to that belief; otherwise, losely defined we would ALL have to admit that we are racist. We ALL stereotype, we all put ourselves and others into categories.


We would even have to accuse our very government of it, because there is NOT ONE paper I haven't filled out for the government that does not ask for my ethnicity and even to the point of stating: Caucasian (or sometimes it will say white instead of caucasian) of latin descent. Excuse me? I am hispanic, meaning my grandparents came from Spain, they are white, they are European, but only in THIS country it is not considered european. As I said, for all the countries I have lived in, this one has the biggest issues over racism and it starts from the top trailing all the way to the regular person who will do everything to stereotype himself or herself. So if you don't like someone merely saying something, why are we all constantly acting it out? Why are we swinging back and forth between what we can say and do, between how we act, dress, and speak?


I am confused.

divekyra divekyra
36-40, F
Dec 5, 2006