Racism is the practice of discriminating against people based on their race, national or ethnic background. Although old prejudices often live on, most people will agree that racism is unacceptable.

Someone who practices racism is called a racist. Racism comes from the idea that the different races are intrinsically different. It’s racism when a white person discriminates against a black person, just as it’s racism if a Japanese person discriminates against a German person. Many worldwide political movements have fought to end racism.

Definitions of racism

n the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races

anti-Semitism, antisemitism
the intense dislike for and prejudice against Jewish people
white supremacy
the prejudice that members of the white race are superior to members of other races
Type of:
bias, preconception, prejudice
a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

n discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race

racial discrimination, racialism
racial profiling
a form of racism consisting of the (alleged) policy of policemen who stop and search vehicles driven by persons belonging to particular racial groups
Type of:
discrimination, favoritism, favouritism
unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice

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