an·​ti-rac·​ist ˌan-tē-ˈrā-sist How to pronounce anti-racist (audio)
 also  -shist
variants or anti-racism
ˌan-tē-ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce anti-racist (audio)
 also  -ˌshi-
: opposed to racism
anti-racist views
anti-racist policies
Burdon's deep love of black music comes with an unusual degree of sincerity as does his long-standing anti-racist stance.Paul Taylor
They chanted anti-racism slogans and banged their fists on the newsroom walls …Allan Wolper
anti-racist noun
These are hardly the only recent instances of anti-racist works being targeted by anti-racists for being insufficiently anti-racist. Catherine Rampell

Examples of anti-racist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one sense, the furious backlash against the anti-racist outpouring of 2020 and the decade-old Black Lives Matter movement can be interpreted as evidence of the success of those endeavors. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 Two-hundred thousand dollars or more is a lot to pay for lessons in how to be an anti-racist. Bret Stephens, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 The connection between pro-Palestine and anti-racist activism in the U.S. deepened in 2020, after the murder of George Floyd; there is a mural of Floyd on the border wall separating the West Bank from Israel. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2023 Kendi’s stark provocation that one is either a racist or an anti-racist epitomized the morality play that the right has come to describe as the essence of woke politics. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2023 My partner acknowledges their privilege here, and has always been on the same page about teaching our children to be anti-racist. Sahaj Kaur Kohli, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 The school district that includes Charlottesville, Virginia, began devising an anti-racist curriculum after white supremacists gathered there in 2017 for the Unite the Right rally. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 Or could the doc have brought us back to the present, highlighting examples of Black women leading anti-racist movements? Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Sep. 2023 Ultimately, the answer to how cities can plan to be anti-racist, address health equity or promote environmental justice rests with concerned constituents and council members crafting a feasible plan of action. Catherine Brinkley, The Conversation, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-racist was in 1943

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“Anti-racist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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