“Your racist!” is perhaps the most thrown-around derogatory term in todays society. Accusations can lead to severe consequences and leave a negative stigma on a person. Yet when these accusations are made, are the accusers truly aware of the true definition of racism? The webster dictionary defines racism as: “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”. No offense toward the prestige of the webster dictionary but in my opinion, Racism cannot truly be defined. Every case of racism is different, fueled by a vocal reaction to a race that a person is not familiar with. Humans are peculiar creatures. Quoting a Nas song ” Humans fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer”. The reality remains that racism stems from a lack of understanding of another race. Every culture has certain notions attached to them that have grown with no more credibility than a legend passed on from generation to generation. An assumption about a group of people is made then ran with in an abundance of directions. We base our racism on notions that cannot even be truly validated with any sort of evidence.
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