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a. An emphasis on race or racial considerations, as in determining policy or interpreting events.
b. Policy or practice based on racial considerations.
2. Chiefly British Variant of racism.

ra′cial·ist adj. & n.
ra′cial·is′tic adj.


(ˈreɪ sɪz əm)

1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usu. involving the idea that one's own race is superior.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based on such a doctrine.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
[1865–70; < French racisme. See race2, -ism]
rac′ist, n., adj.


the belief in or practice of the doctrine of racism. — racialist, n.racialistic, adj.
See also: Race
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.racialism - discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race
discrimination, favoritism, favouritism - unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
racial profiling - a form of racism consisting of the (alleged) policy of policemen who stop and search vehicles driven by persons belonging to particular racial groups
العِرْقِيَّهتَعَصُّب عِرْقي
faji elõítéletfajvédelemrasszizmus
ırkçılıkırksal ön yargı


[ˈreɪʃəlɪzəm] N (esp Brit) → racismo m


[ˈreɪʃəlɪzəm] nracisme m


n (esp Brit) → Rassismus m


[ˈreɪʃəˌlɪzm] n (Brit) (old) → razzismo


(reis) noun
1. any one section of mankind, having a particular set of characteristics which make it different from other sections. the Negro race; the white races; (also adjective) race relations.
2. the fact of belonging to any of these various sections. the problem of race.
3. a group of people who share the same culture, language etc; the Anglo-Saxon race.
racial (ˈreiʃəl) adjective
of, or having to do with, race or a particular race. racial characteristics; racial discrimination/hatred.
ˈracialism (ˈreiʃə-) , ˈracism noun
1. the belief that some races of men are better than others.
2. prejudice against someone on the grounds of his race.
ˈracialist (ˈreiʃə-) , ˈracist noun, adjective
racist attitudes.
the human race
of mixed race
having ancestors (especially parents) from two or more different human races.
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To a critical race theorist, intelligence testing has been a movement to legitimize African-American students' deficiency.
Shelby Steele--The conservative race theorist recently wrote a book explaining how Obama would be unable to win the 2008 election.
As Ladson-Billings (1995) notes: "For the critical race theorist, social reality is constructed by the formulation and the exchange of stories about individual situations," and this certainly takes place with "The Boys.
In her analysis, Ferguson writes from the perspective of a critical race theorist and exposes the way in which an outside observer examining race would view these inequities within public schools.
Grasty, editor of the Baltimore News from the 1890s and, as of 1910, owner and editor of the venerable Baltimore Sun, whose progressive editorial pages bristled with endorsements for the ordinance throughout the process; and William Cabell Bruce, the prominent Maryland politician and race theorist, who played an important role in the career of most of the other players.
As a critical race theorist, I read this book for evidence of an interlocking analysis of race with the more prominent themes of class and gender, which are more explicitly defined as interdependent phenomena early in the work.
And since John Ashcroft is backed by the Christian Coalition and Bob Jones University, I know that Bush knows that the fair and unifying thing to do now would be to make a radical lefty critical race theorist like me the head of the civil rights division.
These assumptions are directly opposed to the foundations that underlie radical critiques, such as critical race theorist Derrick Bell's work, which characterizes reformist change not as ultimately equalizing but as mere tinkering or token change designed to distract or mollify.
The tension between the self-understandings informing these two coping strategies captures some of the "paradoxical logic" that informs the assimilationist tendencies of market ideology: The critical race theorist must comport with dominant conceptions of the "minority legal scholar" while continuously positioning herself in critical opposition to these conventional understandings.
Racist speech [is] qualitatively different," says critical race theorist Mari J.
A prominent race theorist of his day, Myrdal argued that White Americans would support civil rights as a moral good once they understood the impact of discrimination on Blacks.
As an aspiring critical race theorist, I agree that "masks and other disguises"(25) must be exposed for what they are - pretenses for perpetuating subordination.