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Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.

With the real definition.

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What the media and progressive politicians say it is. Resistance is futile. Futile I say.

;-)

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Racism is any political belief that progressive leftists don’t agree with.

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Whenever anyone, anywhere, is offended, it must be racism, even if the people actually involved don't think it is.

/s

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Racism is making a determination on an individual based on assumptions about that person based purely on their race. It's assuming that person X is [Y], because they are a member of race [Z].

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Racism is a rather crude defense mechanism to immediately categorize risk based on general information with limited specific information about an individual. It may save your life if you walk through the inner cities late at night.

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Racism is any political belief that progressive leftists don’t agree with.

What the media and progressive politicians say it is. Resistance is futile. Futile I say.

Whenever anyone, anywhere, is offended, it must be racism, even if the people actually involved don't think it is.

The above examples are from individuals trying to deny racism exists. Though on the internet people can claim to be just about anything, ten to one they're each from the majority group in their culture, most likely Caucasians.

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The entire premise behind the question posed is entirely ridiculous. There is a clear definition of what racism is. The idea that someone's opinion defines it is ridiculous.

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Racism is when you're told to go home because your views aren't acceptable to people who already don't like you because you have a different color skin/religion/accent.

It's when you get excrement posted through your letterbox.

It's when you wake to find someone has painted a racial epithet on your door.

It's when someone tells you that "you all look the same to me".

It's when someone repeatedly calls you a terrorist because you're a Muslim, or someone from the ME.

It's when people chant "Jew will not replace us".

It's when one of your family is abused in the street for being a different color/religion.

It's when your mates are interned in prison for no good reason other than their face fits.

It's when you knowingly used epithets, tropes and other dog whistles to win an argument.

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Racism is any political belief that progressive leftists don’t agree with.

Could you give some examples of racism, rather than the usual 4chan speak?

Thanks in advance.

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It's when people tell you to go back to where you came from

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Conservative, usually white, mostly low education, low achievers, loves Trump and people of that irk. Inflated self esteem and superiority. Righties and alt-righties. Nationalists and fascists. Usually low opinion of women.

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@zichi: I thought you were well traveled. Racism is all over the world and much worse in countries such as India, the Middle East and Africa. Take a quick search about how blacks are treated in China! Trump is a fool, but he is highly constrained by a robust legal system and diversity of society with minority allies in all ranks of society.

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Racism is the ability of one group of people to impose their will on another by self-righteous and self-justifiable reasons and have the means to ,whenever necessary, reinforce them.

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rac·ism

/ˈrāˌsizəm/

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noun

noun: racism

prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior."a program to combat racism"

synonyms:racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice/bigotry, xenophobia, chauvinism, bigotry, bias, intolerance; Moreanti-Semitism;

historicalapartheid

the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

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Racism is the belief in the superiority of one race over another, which often results in discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their race or ethnicity. The use of the term "racism" does not easily fall under a single definition.

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I think that Far Eastern countries, like Japan, China etc, define racism for us. Never really understood what racism was until I lived in Japan. Its a crushing silent killer. A broad term would define it as a belief that ones own culture and race are superior to others, therefore the others are not as equal, and treated as such. To experience it however, is something all together different, and its an experience I believe all humans must experience short term in order to really understand racism.

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It's been around since the dawn of civilization. As for Toasted's list, I would add, "It's when you're thrown into a live volcano as a human sacrifice to appease the gods of the ruling tribe."

From a broad historical perspective, it's mild in Western countries today compared to how it's been in other ages in other parts of the world.

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I think one of the dangerous misconceptions when it comes to race is that white people have a monopoly on racism and that other races are not capable of being racist, when that concept itself is racist because it means the other races are by default incapable of the same feelings or tribalism we all have.

The solution many enlightened ones give is that once we all become brown, all racism will disappear. There is plenty of racism genocide and tribalism in Africa, and there are layers of racial strata in Brazil, where most are brown.

Racism has always existed in every culture. Many of the atrocities committed by the Japanese in WW2 equaled, if not surpassed, the racist Nazis in WW2. You can say that the situation in Palestine today, is the result of the racist policies of Israel, but many of the founders of Israel suffered in the holocaust.

The only cure for it is to first experience it, understand it, then change yourself.

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Racism? If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be Trump, innit?

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Another definition of racism manifested itself when a gammon-faced Republican politician opined that he , too, was "colored": "I'm WHITE!" These self-deluded dudes are grotesque caricatures of good ol' Bible-Belt Bubba disingenuousness with the grits and gravy.

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The belief, often followed by actions, of the superiority or inferiority of one group of people over another based on ethnicity.

Legal and/or social systems which, whether intentional or not, disadvantage those of a social minority status or advantage those of a social majority status (whether or not those people have a numerical majority).
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@Strangerland

Racism is making a determination on an individual based on assumptions about that person based purely on their race.

In order to define racism one must first define race.

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In order to define racism one must first define race.

Look at a very white person. Look at a very black person. You just defined race.

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Apparently from some commentators on JT, racism can only come from white people. Especially the white people who believe Donald J. Trump is helping make America great again. Funny though, cause I thought this is a website about Japan today and not America's past. Many people now (at least in the USA) have multiple ethnic backgrounds. So racism only persists if you keep talking about race (SJWs/Democrats anyone?).

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Apparently from some commentators on JT, racism can only come from white people.

Nope. It comes from all corners. Racist idiots exist in every country.

Especially the white people who believe Donald J. Trump is helping make America great again. 

Trump is a white supremacist who is helping to destroy his country's reputation. Only massive racists would seek to deny this.

Funny though, cause I thought this is a website about Japan today and not America's past.

Unfortunately, the past is something we cannot escape. Some of us try to learn from it. But not enough, clearly.

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@Toasted Heretic

You seem certain that Trump is a white supremacist, but are you close to him? Have you ever met and talked to him about his beliefs and has he ever said that white people should dominate others because they are "supposedly" superior to other races? Cause that's what a white supremacist would say. White supremacists also have deep hatred against Jewish people. It's kind of hard to connect Donald Trump to that line of thought.

So, by your way of thinking, anyone who doesn't view Trump as a racist, white supremacist is also a racist, (fill in the color) supremacist?

And I think the USA's reputation was destroyed a long time before Trump came along. Back when corporations and government agencies connected to the military pushed for b.s. wars all over the globe and untold numbers of people suffered and died horrible deaths.

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Trump is from Queens, a very multi cultural part of NYC, so I cant define him as a hard core racist, as you might find in the South. He just comes from a generation, like in my own family, who hold different views of the world than say these new millennials. I also am not quite comfortable seeing a hijab wearing Muslim serving in Congress; in my youth, such a thing never existed. Does it mean Im racist? I dont think so. Been to MY and was invited to their beautiful mosques with a Chinese colleague, actually was impressed with their culture. Seeing the hijab there and in their government, and it being worn in ours, are 2 obviously different things. This woman could be elected President of the USA. Is that acceptable for you, a woman of Somali descent wearing a hijab addressing our nation? If so, would a Anglo Saxon Christian immigrant to MY who nationalized and made his/her way to becoming president, is that acceptable in their community? Of course not.

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