- a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
- a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
- hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
Origin of racism
Examples from the Web for antiracism
Nonracism means avoiding bigotry; antiracism means denouncing bigotry.National Review’s Firing of John Derbyshire a Welcome Blow Against Racism
April 9, 2012
- the policy of challenging racism and promoting racial tolerance
- the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others
- abusive or aggressive behaviour towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief
Word Origin and History for antiracism
1936; see racist.
The belief that some races are inherently superior (physically, intellectually, or culturally) to others and therefore have a right to dominate them. In the United States, racism, particularly by whites against blacks, has created profound racial tension and conflict in virtually all aspects of American society. Until the breakthroughs achieved by the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, white domination over blacks was institutionalized and supported in all branches and levels of government, by denying blacks their civil rights and opportunities to participate in political, economic, and social communities.