ra·​cial·​ism | \ ˈrā-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce racialism (audio) \

Definition of racialism

: a belief that race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) determines human traits and capacities also : racism

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Other Words from racialism

racialist \ ˈrā-​shə-​list How to pronounce racialism (audio) \ noun or adjective
racialistic \ ˌrā-​shə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce racialism (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of racialism in a Sentence

the racialism of some of the nation's founders seems to contradict their professed belief that “all men are created equal” ugly incidents of racialism at the school have decreased since the introduction of multiracial rap sessions
Recent Examples on the Web Post-racialism is the promise of working to move beyond the perils of the Black condition in America, an achievement of Black acceleration and exceptionalism; when transcending race was aspirational and thought of to be wholly possible. Taylor Renee Aldridge, Harper's BAZAAR, ""Art is a Way to Exert Power": On HBO's "Black Art: In the Absence of Light"," 23 Feb. 2021 Hawley describes Roosevelt as driven by a combination of warrior republicanism and crude racialism, which at times led him to adopt autocratic racial theories and dreams of imperial conquest. Zaid Jilani, Washington Examiner, "Man in the arena," 31 Dec. 2020 This fusion of racial grievance and post-racialism created a toxic brew, poisonous to the ongoing efforts to contest white supremacy and protective of the invidious status quo that the Voting Rights Act had tried to interrupt. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Don’t Reboot the 2016 Horror Show," 23 Oct. 2020 Conservatives claimed the report recklessly lumped legitimate politics together with violent threats, and progressives refused to muster a fight with the Obama administration about racist violence during the short reign of post-racialism. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Don’t Reboot the 2016 Horror Show," 23 Oct. 2020 In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, great engines of wealth built global empires that filled the world with colonialism, militarism, and racialism, as well as monuments and marching bands. Marilynne Robinson, The New York Review of Books, "What Kind of Country Do We Want?," 27 May 2020 Italian fascism, for example, did not rely on anti-Semitism and other racialism the way that the Klan and National Socialism did.12 And the Klan differed in some important ways from those two prototypical fascist movements. Nancy K. Maclean, Slate Magazine, "America’s Brush With Fascism," 20 Mar. 2017 The rub instead is the progressive attempt to undermine all shared public institutions by turning them into left-wing megaphones and in the process condoning the use of violence, obscenity, and racialism. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Progressive Octopus," 26 Sep. 2017 On Nazi racialism, see Mosse, Nazi Culture, 2, 57-60. 12. Nancy K. Maclean, Slate Magazine, "America’s Brush With Fascism," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of racialism

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Racialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racialism. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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