Misdefining Racism

Language shapes or gives shape to human thought. Therefore changes to culture’s language either represent a change in the what or how the culture thinks or are an attempt to induce changes in how the culture thinks.

This becomes quite clear when one looks at how people – mostly in America and other parts of Western Culture – have changed the definition of the “racism” in order to further their own agenda. In the past racism was defined in a denotative manner that contained no dependencies on secondary functions, constructs, or systems.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition:

Racism
Function: noun
Date: 1933

Definition(s):

  1. a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
  2. racial prejudice or discrimination

This was and is the proper definition of racism. It accurately denotes and defines the phenomenon of racism.

Sadly, various Sociologists decided to craft a new definition of racism, one more suited to the agenda of societal change. Their new (mis)definition is:

Racism
Function: noun
Date: 1970

Definition(s):

  1. Prejudice plus power

This (mis)definition of racism has its roots in the writings of Dr. Delmo Della Dora, who first devised this corruption of the meaning and nature of racism. It is a purely agenda-driven definition of racism. It’s purpose is to make racism a purely White problem and to free minorities from any and all responsibility for their own bigotry. In other words, this is a claim that no member of a minority group can be racist due the prevailing demographic disparities prevent them from having significant power.

This serves no purpose except as an attempt to lock Whites and minorities into fixed roles of oppressor and victim, with the latter either trying extracting concessions from the former or in rebellion against the former.

Only White people can be racist. This the battle cry of a generation of anti-racist activists, theorists, and minority leaders who have twisted the English language to further their agenda. It is a slogan that hopefully will go down in history as one of the most poorly conceived counterproductive arguments ever made by man.

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13 Responses to “Misdefining Racism”

  1. anonymous Says:

    So, why are whites afraid of being locked into the “oppressor” motif?

    It seems to me that that’s kinda true about whites. But I mean you gotta look at the heavily prejudicial ideals of the 1930′s. I mean it was okay to be outwardly racist and not face any public outlash. Even by 1970 one could face some backlash. I mean, realistically, do we see any vast majority of non-whites inflicting prejudices on white folk?

  2. Sam Says:

    Obama on race…

    From Dreams of My Father:I ceased to advertise my mothers race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.

    From Dreams of My Father : I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mothers race.

    From Dreams of My Father:There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.

    From Dreams of My Father: It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.

    From Dreams of My Father:I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didnt speak to my own. It was into my fathers image, the black man, son of Africa , that Id packed all the attributes I sought in myself , the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.

    And FINALLY the Most Damning one of ALL of them!!!

    From Audacity of Hope:I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

  3. Aafke Says:

    The second is no explanation at all!
    And anybody can be racisist!
    no matter what race they belong to.

  4. fireweednectar Says:

    We saw this in the whole University of Delaware debacle, and in the end their Cultural revolution wannabe program was forced to be dismantled because it was a clear case of attempted thought control.

    @ anonymous: I see racism directed at whites all the time, but it seems to be so embedded into the society on the strength of this warped ideology–it’s OK to make anti-white remarks, but if you substitute any other group in there, there are loud cries of outrage–that many people don’t notice it at all.

    And I doubt white people are “afraid” of the oppressor label–they have confronted the sins of their ancestors and openly addressed them. However, I think they are fed up with being made to be the only ones responsible for change.

  5. you should know Says:

    REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT,

    “God Bless America.’ No, no, no, GOD DAMN AMERICA, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people, GOD DAMN AMERICA for treating our citizens is less than human. GOD DAMN AMERICA for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

  6. you should know Says:

    Obama’s church says

    Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements.
    These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

    Commitment to God
    Commitment to the Black Community
    Commitment to the Black Family
    Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
    Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
    Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
    Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
    Disavowal of the Pursuit of “Middleclassness”
    Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
    Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
    Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
    Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System.
    The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:

  7. Akiyo Says:

    Yes, I agree that of course all sorts of people can be racist…including people that aren’t in power. There’s also latent racism that a lot of people ignore just because it’s not blatant or they “don’t mean to be racist.”

    BTW, I’m just nitpicking but you misspelled “Therefore” in the second sentence.

  8. jonolan Says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Akiyo-san and thanks for the heads up on my spelling.

    We run into a lot of problems with they dont mean to be racist. Sometimes intent DOES matter, other times it doesn’t. And there’s the issue of defining what is an example of racism and who gets to decide that.

  9. Dan Yahraes Says:

    Wow… it didn’t take but one minute on your website to see you too have misused the English language… now, have you ever called anyone dumb before? You’ve been misrepresenting yourself… naughty, naughty.

    “Thanks for stopping by, Akiyo-san and thanks for the heads up on my spelling.”

    So, I stand by my original comment on my blog, “McCain pals around with dumb people”. Now, I didn’t say ALL dumb people, cause there are a lot of those on every political side.

    Strangely, this notion of ‘what is dumb’ falls nicely into your blog on racism and prejudice. If one can say Obama “pals” around with terrorists (like after he goes clubbing with Oprah he’s plotting to blow up schools), then one can say McCain pals around with stupid people (since Joe the Plumber lied about his name, occupation, and likened Obama to Sammy Davis, Jr tap dancing). It is also, in my estimation, that if you surround yourself with too many dumb people (let’s just say dumb people are any of us who don’t think before we speak… so sure, I have be dumb on occasion)… that if you surround yourself with too many dumb people they can make you yourself look dumb.

    So anchoring one of the key points of McCain’s debate on a self-serving fudger can have an impact that common folks, like Joe Simple and Jane the Booze Fest, may think McCain doesn’t have all his ducks in a row… that he may follow the lead of people with an agenda… they may think McCain doesn’t do the proper research… Joe and Jane may want to vote for the smart talker in the room.

    In terms of race, by aligning Obama as a terrorist or someone who is down with terrorists has racist implications all over it. McCain’s emphasis on Obama being “different” and views America as “imperfect” and his supporters stand up righteously saying he’s “an Arab” a “Muslim” and some say they want to kill him has bigotry written all over it. Bigotry against blacks, Arabs, Muslims, etc. If it was Hillary Clinton, would they say she’s an Arab, a secret Muslim, imperfect, not to be trusted, different, and a woman who pals around with terrorists?

    This is about brown people. The McCain campaign is trying to drop all those hints that basically, brown people are not to be trusted.

    Good lord, we invaded a country that never went on any talk show asking for Christianity or American Democracy or anything American… and we invaded them freely cause most Americans can’t tell one brown Muslim from another.

    So, to sum it all up… Invading Iraq has enough odor of racism to stink for quite some time… and McCain’s campaign fueling the bigoted notions on Obama is racist as well.
    :)

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