Racism: What is it?

Racism Definition3

It is become quite popular, especially in our media and our universities, to suggest that only those who are “white” can be racist. Frequently new definitions of “racism,” not found in any of our dictionaries, are offered in support of this claim. Armed with these new definitions CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill states that black people don’t have the institutional power to be racistand Huffington Post reporter Zeba Blay tells us that Reverse racism isn’t real.” The core of their argument is that “racism” cannot be committed by those who do not have the political power to institutionalize it. And while It is true that the potential for harm caused by racism is greater when those controlling political power are able to institutionalize racist polices, racism isn’t defined by the amount of institutional power that a person or group controls; racism is simply prejudice against another person because of their race. And that kind of prejudice frequently harms those who are targeted by that prejudice, even when it is not institutionalized. Racism is always wrong whether it is being perpetrated by Klu Klux Klan against black people or by Louis Farrakhan against white people. If we truly want to end of racism in America then all of us, regardless of the color of our skin, need to stand united against all forms of racism, recognizing that it is ALWAYS WRONG! In his march on Washington speech, Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This is a dream worth fighting for, and it is time for us as a nation to again strive towards that dream and to stand united against anyone who, black or white, dares to stand in the way of achieving it.


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