racialization

noun
ra·​cial·​iza·​tion | \ ˌrā-sh(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce racialization (audio) \
plural racializations

Definition of racialization

: the act of giving a racial character to someone or something : the process of categorizing, marginalizing, or regarding according to race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) : an act or instance of racializing the racialization of poverty Historians such as David Roedigger and Noel Ignatiev have illustrated how a series of ethnic minorities, such as the Irish and Ashkenazi Jews, experienced fierce racialization and discrimination but over several generations managed to scale the hierarchy of whiteness.— Manning Marable The racialization of disease that results in entire groups of people being portrayed as dangerous "others" based solely on physical appearance or skin color subjects Asian communities to persistent marginalization.— Justin A. Chen et al. The subsequent criminalization of "illegal aliens" rests upon US citizens' racializations of those residing south of the border and disproportionately endangers Mexican women and children.— Ronald L. Mize

First Known Use of racialization

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for racialization

racialize + -ation

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“Racialization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racialization. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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