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Are You a Racist?

Are You a Racist?
Compiled by the DiversityInc staff

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© 2005 DiversityInc.com

January 09, 2006

Countless e-mails begin this way: "You'll probably think I'm racist for asking this, but ..."



But what, exactly, makes a person a racist?

Writing for The Miami Herald, Mary Sanchez, an opinions-page columnist for The Kansas City Star, says that the word "racist" often is misused by the people who use it on others.

Far too often, simply posing an honest question garners this assault, questions that some in society have deemed too "sensitive" to ask, Sanchez writes. And, she says, having an in-depth conversation also becomes out of the question.

Racism, as defined by Sanchez, is about power and money, and people are not racist if they simply dislike you. The definition of racism, Sanchez writes in her opinions article, is using a race or ethnicity-based belief to hurt someone economically. If someone is denied a job, a bank loan or a promotion because of their race, that is racism. Everything else, Sanchez writes, is simply bias or prejudice. And we all do that.

Racism is economic. It is about hurting someone in a tangible, bankable way. Which is also why, in years past, white people had a far greater chance of being racist than people of color. They simply were more likely to be in powerful enough positions to leverage their hatred.


* I guess that speaks volumes about jim crow and this country even to this day.....the racism associated with everything financial from hiring to lending to releasing information about valuable resources still exists.....but some of the fools in here wonder why there needs to be laws to change behaviors.....well....duh?
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