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Can racism ever be justifiable? Show more Show less
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For most people, the gut reaction to this question is immediate: "Of course not!" But there are fringe examples, such as Israeli airport security, where blatant racial stereotyping is used, can be justified by the great safety that the airport provides to passengers. But still, can it be justified?

No, racism cannot be justified Show more Show less

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People mistake racism for discrimination

Racism is understood as "prejudice plus institutional power". These two elements work together to enable and socially/legally legitimize racism.

The Argument

This definition explains how racism becomes ingrained into every aspect of our society. One of the main premises for Critical Race Theory is that race is a political and social construct. People are categorised on assumed and ultimately tangiable characteristics. This enables narratives to shift and weaponize stereotypical assupmtions about people's identity in order to maintain white supremacy and continue to prioritize profit over people.

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Rejecting the premises


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