Saturday, April 11, 2009

Next Time Your Newspaper Uses the Word "racist"

Check to see if it was used correctly.

Here is the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary definition of "racism":

Main Entry: rac·ism

Pronunciation: \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm\

Function: noun

Date: 1933

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 — rac·ist \-sist also -shist\ noun or adjective

Example of misguided use of the term "racism":

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