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The Language of Racism


The Angriest Black Man in America

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There is so much uncertainty about racism because we have not been consistent in the language used to describe these things. We throw terms and coined phrases around, but for the actual discussion of race relations and prejudice in this country we have to be very specific. Discrimination in this country is so nuanced and entrenched that we must be clear on what we’re saying and what we mean when we decide to address it. Otherwise we corrupt the language necessary to describe the nuances racial prejudice.

The Language

The term racism is often used when we mean racial prejudice. Racism in its truest form is simply the belief that race determines certain traits and capacities about a person. For example, believing that all Asian people are smarter than people of other races. However, often when we use the term racism what we are really referring to racial prejudice or…

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