No, racism is not “any belief that makes race out to be much more significant than it really is”

No, nobody uses the word this way. Not in casual conversation, not colloquially, never. And it is trivially easy to prove.

This definition of racism makes no moral claims.

When people refer to somebody as “racist”, they are almost always making a negative moral claim about that person – claiming that they are immoral for holding these beliefs.

Therefore this cannot be the definition they are using.

Why yes, I did have somebody say this to me with a straight face. Why do you ask?

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4 Responses to No, racism is not “any belief that makes race out to be much more significant than it really is”

  1. Perihelion says:

    Actually that is how most people use the word. If a white guy only hires other white people because he loves his own pretty much everyone will say he’s racist even if he also loves people of other races, just not as much.

    “When people refer to somebody as “racist”, they are almost always making a negative moral claim about that person – claiming that they are immoral for holding these beliefs.”
    1. Terms like “transphobic” and “homophobic” are also meant to be negative moral claims even though their proponents dodge the subject of morality as much as they can.
    2. The moral claim in the use of the word “racist” according to its common use is in not treating people equally. The problem is treating people equally is a really stupid principle and nobody actually lives that way. Nobody treats other people’s kids like their own and I’m sure that too will eventually be some kind of ‘ist’ or ‘phobia’ in time. “Any belief that makes race out to be much more significant than it really is” would necessitate treating people not equally as our beliefs and actions are rooted in our worldview.
    3. The real sin is in hating people but in that case the reasons don’t matter, it’s equally immoral to hate someone for being a different race as it is to hate anyone for any other reason. -Note that by hate I don’t mean ‘negative emotions’ I mean willing evil towards a person. Feeling ‘negative emotions’ towards a person is not a sin at all.

    • “Actually that is how most people use the word. If a white guy only hires other white people because he loves his own pretty much everyone will say he’s racist even if he also loves people of other races, just not as much.”

      That’s not true. They use the word in those situations because they are making the claim that by doing that thing they believe those of other races are inferior *by virtue of that fact*.

  2. Perihelion says:

    I’ll also note that the word ‘racist’ itself isn’t even that old, it only goes back to just after world war 2 and was from the very beginning a mere bludgeon for progressives to hit people with to get what they wanted.

    Furthermore any word that progressives have control over can be expected to have its meaning change rapidly – gay doesn’t mean happy anymore – not just once but many times over. In another 20 – 40 years ‘racist’ probably won’t actually have anything to do with race. Progressives are agents of change but change is also their tyrannical master, they’re are so habituated into undermining everything and flipping everything on its head they won’t ever be able to stop. Eventually either some more permanent principle will come out of them, and they’ll stop being progressives, or they’ll grind themselves into nothingness.

  3. GRA says:

    Backstory?

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