According to the US Civil Rights Commission, Racism is any action or attitude, conscious or unconscious, that subordinates an individual or group based on skin colour or race. It can be enacted individually or institutionally.
This commission includes Abigail Thernstrom, Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Peter N. Kirsanow, Corporate Advisor in Public Policy and California State University Trustee, Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego, Todd F. Gaziano, Senior Fellow in Legal Studies, The Heritage Foundation
If you want to argue that this is just political, check out their web site, the commission is a mix of independents, republicans and democrats.
If you want, you can easily find dozens of other scholars or racism who us a similar working definition, such as this one http://academic.udayton.edu/race/01race/race08.htm
Differentiating between a racist and racism is the same as differentiating between a Mormon and Mormonism.
To waste time debating the difference, or lack there of, is stupid.
i am always interested in different opinons so, carolinajazz, you intrigue me.
this is america, if someone wants to be a racialist, they have a right to be a racialist.
how do you feel about the 3/5ths rule--gives blacks too much power, or just enough?
Hoprefully, you will at some point show sufficeint understanding to realize this is completely compatible with my point that racism is facet of a culture, not an individual. In particular, you mihgt consider the difference between "X has racism" and "X enacted racism".
Do you have an academic education in culture, One Brow? Anthropology, sociology, something similar?
Originally Posted by negative reputation giver