Black People : Define : Racism, Racialism, Reverse Racism, Institutional Racism, Prejudice and Preference.

frankster

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When I say define I mean your working understanding of what these words or terms mean to you.
In other words when you use them this is the meaning you wish to convey.

That's my question the rest you do not have to read it just my opinion on the matter, what I would love is your opinion.
There is truly no wrong or right opinion, just an inform and a less inform or worse miss inform.
So lets share and learn - each one teach one



Dictionary definitions are good but they lack the relevance of currency and historical perspective of parlance and or contextual meaning. Too often dictionaries reflect only the dead opinion of the literati and academia. Dictionaries leave out almost entirely like history books the perspective and meanings of the "Underclass". Okay now we have the Urban Dictionary and Wiki but these are not recognized (hence used) in the way classical dictionaries are. Language is a living thing, that reflects the cultural history of the speaker as well as their present position and status in society.

Racism: to me is The ability and practice of one group of people to control a significant segment of another group of people through economic, political and social means by imposing laws and promoting and or allowing social customs that is oppressive and restrictive


Racialism: to me is the recognition of the existence of difference between peoples and societies - such as phenotypical and cultural. To apply those distinction in such a manner as to function as the defining qualities of a specific class of human beings - called Race/Races
Racialism has been taken out of most dictionaries as a separate word and merge with Racism which has caused much confusion today when people discuss Racism

Reverse Racism: Is a political tool used to undo Affirmative Action by claiming that giving blacks any form of preferential treatment is a form of Racism.

Institutional Racism: The legally and or culturally accepted practices of oppressing or denying peoples their human and or civil rights based on race.

Prejudice: is to based your opinion and actions on stereotypes rather than experience

Preference: To know and experience and as a result to like or agree as oppose to something else.
 
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Inanna

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Racism to me is when a person/group of people judge, condemn, torture, mistreat, violate, devalue, unnessecarily criticize, or come to conclusions (esp. disrespectful and overtly stereotypical ones) about another person/group of people based solely on their skin color.

Racialism to me is the idea that people act a certain way according to race (skin color), ignoring culture, ubringing, and facts preferring the easiest most sterotypically convenient answer. Racists use racialism to judge similarly appearing people as a whole.

Reverse racism to me does not exist. A racist is a racist. Period. If youre white and you hate black people youre a racist. If youre black and you hate Asians, youre a racist. Theres nothing to reverse. It is what it is.

I agree with your definition of institutional racism, I'd only add that it is possibly the worst kind of racism, because while racists can talk a lot, they can be ignored, but when it is the courts/police/education system/the law that is racist, it cant be ignored, and it affects your life whether you ignore it or not.

Prejudice is to pre judge. It is racism when its racist, but can also be sexist, homophobic, etc.

Preference is given to that which one prefers.
 

frankster

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Racism to me is when a person/group of people judge, condemn, torture, mistreat, violate, devalue, unnessecarily criticize, or come to conclusions (esp. disrespectful and overtly stereotypical ones) about another person/group of people based solely on their skin color.

Racialism to me is the idea that people act a certain way according to race (skin color), ignoring culture, ubringing, and facts preferring the easiest most sterotypically convenient answer. Racists use racialism to judge similarly appearing people as a whole.

Reverse racism to me does not exist. A racist is a racist. Period. If youre white and you hate black people youre a racist. If youre black and you hate Asians, youre a racist. Theres nothing to reverse. It is what it is.

I agree with your definition of institutional racism, I'd only add that it is possibly the worst kind of racism, because while racists can talk a lot, they can be ignored, but when it is the courts/police/education system/the law that is racist, it cant be ignored, and it affects your life whether you ignore it or not.

Prejudice is to pre judge. It is racism when its racist, but can also be sexist, homophobic, etc.

Preference is given to that which one prefers.

Our conception of these words and their meaning and usage mesh somewhat for the most part except that which is in red.


If you are black and you hate other people of color, you are not racist because blacks as a group are not using laws and cultural norms to oppress anyone....... to benefit their group.
Should an individual black person use the laws to oppress another, then often it maybe the case where to do otherwise is to expose them self to oppression.
When Cultural norms are used by an individual of color to oppress another individual of color, it is in my opinion bigotry or prejudice.
Blacks as a group lack the political and or economic power to execute laws and customs of hate much less to promote and support them in such away to to significantly affect any other group.
This definition is especially true in the West.

How do you define Racist?
 

Inanna

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"When Cultural norms are used by an individual of color to oppress another individual of color, it is in my opinion bigotry or prejudice."

I agree and disagree.

Bigotry to me is racism, bigots are racists. Being prejudiced against people you dont know personally and have no intention to get to know or understand from afar and judge based on prejudiced assumptions you make is racist. To me being black doesnt mean you cant be a racist. If you are black, and own a business, for example, if you refuse to hire Asians simply because theyre Asian, that is racist. If you see an Indian man and go, nope, hate the accent, not hiring him, or a Chinese man and say nope, hes gonna bring seafood to work everyday dont wanna smell it, or idk, anything along the lines of a white person saying theyre not gonna hire some black man because he may give his homies the code to the register and wear a doo rag to work everyday, the scenarios are hardly different, a racist is a racist. Its bigotry, yes, and its showing prejudice, yes. Its also racist.

Again, "Racism to me is when a person/group of people judge, condemn, torture, mistreat, violate, devalue, unnessecarily criticize, or come to conclusions (esp. disrespectful and overtly stereotypical ones) about another person/group of people based solely on their skin color."

You also said "Blacks as a group lack the political and or economic power to execute laws and customs of hate much less to promote and support them in such away to to significantly affect any other group."

True, blacks arent likely to hold any group of people down the way we're put down, but that doesnt change the fact that I can make my neighbors life miserable doing racist stuff to her. I wont bring down all the Mexicans in Mexico, but me letting that one Mexican woman know shes trash to me just cause shes Mexican is just as bad. What if her kids were to hear? What if it affects her clarity of mind at work, messing up her money, her psyche, her kids' college fund? Is any racism toward blacks that people spewed in her life now justified? Did I just create a racist by being racist? Its evil, mean, and stupid whether its me individually being racist to a person or a group of people systematically going against another group. Black people cannot say they cant be guilty of racism, that is racist.

Were all human. Some people are good, some bad, some are just weird. We have similar flaws and feelings, and thats across the board. We all feel love, jealousy, pain, some of us show empathy better than others. Some of us are artists and some are not. Some are sexists and some are racists and some are not... If you put race on any of those feelings/emotions/behaviors/flaws youre denying the equalities we share as people, suggesting you are superior to racists, incapable of feeling what they feel, except maybe to an alleged lesser degree via (bigotry, prejudice). Is that denial not racist?
 

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A racist is someone that wants to exterminate a group of people based on their colour or culture.

Racialism is accepting the social mores that underpins the reasons to discriminate.

Institutional racism hardly needs clarifying it is what it is. Eg all the bosses are white and the non skilled labour black...other examples the differences in sentences given to black compared to our white counterpart

Prejudice is like racism but without going the extra mile by wanting to wipe out an ethnic group.

Reverse racism is seen especially when those that were once or still discriminated against use it against another group.

Lastly preference is often intertwined with racism but in my opinion we all have preferences. Some men like athletic women some like small skinny women. In that respect it's acceptable. However if I say I wouldn't date a white woman it suddenly appears to be racist.
 
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