Steel Soapbox: what is racism?
I hope this helps in knowing what word is what and the intensity of that word. To disagree does not make one a racist or bigot… no instead racism is shown in your words, acts, and deeds that demonstrate the intent and goals as set out in the definitions below: intolerance of others and superiority of yourself/group
Basically if you see yourself as superior to another who is different from you, you are a racist… yup live with it.
Racists transcend race, religion, and ethnicity: all it takes is you believing what you are is superior to someone who is not like yourself. … The reason you hear white supremacy used more often is the fact it is more prevalent and vocal.
Seems many people fail to understand the meaning of racism… I have seen the most vulgar, hate filled comments, memes, posts, etc. that are solidly in the racist line parade though my newsfeed yet those people when challenged claim not to be racist… just expressing their “opinion”…. Good grief…
really are you that uneducated or just blind to your own mind set… if you want to be a racist, fine be one but admit what you are and know that you are one… and you will be called one .. so get ready for other’s “opinions” and stop being shocked then whining people called you on the mark
Here is a brief lesson in what racism is and how a racist acts… I will use swan and ducks instead of people for the examples …
Definition time: prejudice, bigotry, bias, discrimination, and racism
Prejudice as defined by Dictionary.com
1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. 2. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable. 3. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.
In other words prejudice is a negative judgement you make towards another person or group based on no prior connection, “without knowledge” is the key phrase here.
So that means you, a duck, may have never been hurt by a swan but you think all swans are bad because you heard it so. What you heard may be truth or falsehood, you have only second hand information. You have no connection to the swan. You are in effect prejudiced.
Bias as defined by Dictionary.com
1. a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned: illegal bias against older job applicants; the magazine’s bias toward art rather than photography 2. unreasonably hostile feelings or opinions about a social group; prejudice: accusations of racial bias.
As one can once again see the word unreasonable used in the definition. In other words there is no logical reason for the bias.
That swan you never met, you know would be a bad swan because swans swim, not logical or reasonable but an opinion never the less. Thus you do not want to hire the swan as a chef, even though the swan has a culinary degree, simply because swans swim.
Now you, the duck, are biased… you do not like the swan for illogical reasoning and are refusing to hire said swan due to the swan being a swan.
Bigotry as defined by Dictionary.com
1.stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own. 2.the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.
Now we see the word intolerance used. This is a stronger word than bias or prejudice. Basically it means you have no want, need, or interest in anyone who is different than yourself and you see those differences as inferior thus “they” are bad people overall.
Back to the swan… You think all swans should be banned from the area because they are not like your breed which is a duck. Therefore you are intolerant of swans and want only to mingle with your own, ducks. You are a bigot duck ….
Discrimination as defined by Dictionary.com
1. an act or instance of discriminating, or of making a distinction. 2. treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
In this case we do not see a negative concept being explained but rather an action used to determine difference between two or more elements. Thus refusing to hire someone based on your personal biases, prejudices, or bigotry is enacting discrimination against them
So back to the duck, who discriminates against swans by pointing out they have long necks and no feather design patterns. The duck uses his voice to influence others to his way of thinking. The duck actively uses elements to support the discrimination.
Racism as defined by Dictionary.com
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others. 2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. 3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
As you can see racism is a doctrine of hate towards another based on the idea that your group is superior and therefore has the right to control all those not of their group.
Back to the swan and ducks. The duck feels superior to the swan, because of being a duck and nothing else. Therefore the duck feels the right to dominate the swan and if need be eliminate all swans since the swans do not have the same level of equality as the ducks and therefore should be discriminated against. But what of the ducks over in the other side of the pond. Those ducks are different in their color and while they are technology ducks but they should be looked on as inferior … even being a duck does not guarantee safety and equality
So the moral is do not be an illogical duck but be a logical swan……