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Racism
Racism

Racism consists of prejudicial ideological beliefs about the innate inferiority of an other ‘race’ or ‘races’, and the discriminatory behaviour, practices and policies which originate, and draw strength from such beliefs. By the old adage, ‘racism = prejudicial beliefs + power’. Taking these two components of racism in turn: first, all forms of racism are underpinned by a belief in ‘a natural relation between an essence attributed to a human population, whether biological or cultural, and social outcomes that do, will or should flow from this’ (Anthias, 1995: 288). Thus, racists believe that human potential is forever controlled by our ‘racial essence’: this ‘racial essence’ is assumed to wield a positive or progressive influence over whites and a negative or regressive influence over non-whites (by ...

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