[ rey-shuh-lahyz ]
/ ˈreɪ ʃəˌlaɪz /
verb (used with object), ra·cial·ized, ra·cial·iz·ing.
to impose a racial interpretation on; place in a racial context.
to perceive, view, or experience in a racial context.
to categorize or differentiate on the basis of membership in a racial group.
When “Mixed” Isn’t EnoughRead how Professor Nicole Holliday explains why some individuals and groups that identify as two or more races are sensing a lexical gap for terms they would like for their own their specific racial combination.
Also especially British,, ra·cial·ise.
Related formsra·cial·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for racialization
/ (ˈreɪʃəˌlaɪz) /
(tr) to render racial in tone or content
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Word Origin and History for racialization
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