Thursday, January 12, 2006

Racism vs. Racial Prejudice

At "Theology on Tap" the other night (read a bit about it at the above link), the speaker, Danielle, defined racism as "prejudice with power" - that is, being able to do something about your prejudicial ideas.

There was a lot of discussion on what power was, local, national, economic, media, etc...

But what it boiled down to was this: without power, one cannot be a racist, one can simply hold a racial prejudice. Even if you may have a local power, if you, for instance, are a more national minority, then it is still not racism, because eventually you run out of power.


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