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Definition of Racism racism n 1936 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 Websters Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary Segregation The separation of groups of people by custom or by law It is often based on differences of race religion wealth or culture The first major challenges to racial segregation in Canada occurred in 1946 when Viola Desmond a black businesswoman refused to sit in the balcony of a New Glasgow Nova Scotia theater but instead sat downstairs an area designated exclusively for whites Viola Desmonds action occurred nine years before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery Alabama Causes of segregation Media examples of racism What is racism The holding of derogatory social attitudes or cognitive beliefs towards members of a particular group on the account of their membership to that group What is racism The ICERD International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination defines racism as follows Any distinction exclusion restriction or preference based on race colour descent or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition enjoyment or exercise on equal footing of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political economic social cultural or any other field of public life Social function of prejudice racism Prejudice and racism may be a necessary means of creating scapegoats for individual or groups that feel threatened It may be due to socialization eg authoritarian personality It may be the animal instinct of territoriality and feral restraint It may be mere bigotry and ignorance It may be egotism and inflexible ethnocentrism Elements of racism an underlying belief in the superiority of one race over another and its right to dominate generalizing
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