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7711, Racism -- Re:Definition
Posted by watdefok, Thu Jul-25-02 11:45 AM
Okay, so let's say that racism is NOT:
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

So true racism is one group of people opressing another group, and it's about the abuse of power as some of you said so people being oppressed can't be racist. Sure, i can live with that definition.
It leaves me with a few questions though:

WHAT IS THE WORD THAT DOES FIT THESE DESCRIPTIONS?
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

If it's not racism, there must be no word for it yet. I'll make one up:

FLORP - Pronunciation Key (florp)
n.
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

I'm sure that everybody agrees that white, black, puertorican, asian, whatever, any race or ethnicity can be FLORP. Be honest, every single one of you knows at least one person who is FLORP, and some of you might be FLORP yourselves.
Maybe people have different motives for being FLORP. Black people are FLORP because they're reacting to racism maybe, or maybe because they never really got to know any white people. Whites are FLORP because they don't know any better, they were raised by FLORP parents, or simply because they're jerks who like to unleash their frustrations by belittling those who look different.

NOW... my point is, wether the definition in the original post is the true definition of racism or not, IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER! Because if it isn't, that's still no excuse to be FLORP and i've seen a lot of FLORP people on these boards, thinking they are justified to be FLORP because they had to deal with racism. It makes it more understandable though, but it still doesn't make it right. It's still judging a whole race by the actions of mainly the elite, the bad and the ignorant. And two wrongs don't make a right.