What exactly is racism? Racism is defined as “the belief that there are inherent differences in people’s traits and capacities that are entirely due to their race, however defined, and that, as a consequence, racial discrimination (i.e. different treatment of those people, both socially and legally) is justified.”
Basically what that means is that racism is when people are judged based entirely on their race — such as on the color of their skin, their background, or even their religion. Sound really wrong? That’s because it is. There’s so much more to a person than what they look like or what background they are. It’s completely unfair to judge people based on those things, which is exactly why racism is such a huge issue.
Racism can lead to really violent and drastic acts. It’s associated with terms such as extremism, hatred, exploitation, separatism, racial supremacy, mass murder because of genocide, genocide denial, and vigilantism (don’t worry, we’ll explain those later).