noun rac·ism \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\

: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race

: the belief that some races of people are better than others

Full Definition of RACISM

:  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
:  racial prejudice or discrimination
rac·ist \-sist also -shist\ noun or adjective

Examples of RACISM

  1. the racism that was the basis of apartheid
  2. <Hitler's declaration of his belief in a master race was an indication of the inherent racism of the Nazi movement.>
  3. The recording career of the Henderson band was brief … due partly to the racism of booking agencies that didn't take on black acts until the mid-'30s, when Henderson's career was on the downswing. —Greg Tate, Vibe, April 1995

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RACISM Defined for Kids


noun rac·ism \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of RACISM for Kids

:  belief that certain races of people are by birth and nature superior to others
:  discrimination or hatred based on race


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