The word “racist” and its conjugations does not appear in the English language until the 1920s – see Peter Frost’s cultural history. If you asked Shakespeare if he was a “racist,” he would not know what you meant.
“Racist” is essentially a term of abuse which no group or party has ever applied to itself.* Like most such epithets, it has two meanings – a clear objective one, describing a person who fails to believe in the anthropological theories of human equality which became first popular, then universal in the mid-20th century; and a caricature of the vices, personal or political, typically engaged in by such a foul unbeliever.The Wikipedia definition of racism, the first sentence in the whole tendentious and ideologically saturated article, makes it clear that "racism" is a White thought-crime (heresy) against the Great Dogma of Equality: "Racism consists of ideologies and practices that seek to justify, or cause, the unequal distribution of privileges, rights or goods among different racial groups."
*He's not quite right here. White Liberals --and Jews like Tim Wise, etc. who play White when it suits them--apply this to their own race and sometimes to themselves, like attention-whoring sinners taking center stage at a Bible-thumping camp meeting: self-exaltation through ritual self-abasement. Look at me and how brave I am, to admit what a big sinner I am!
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