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Definition of Racism

(noun) Any attitude, belief, or behavior used to explain and justify prejudice and discrimination against racial or ethnic minorities, on the basis of perceived inferiority.

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Syllabification: rac·ism

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈreɪˌsɪz(ə)m/
  • British English – /ˈreɪsɪz(ə)m/

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Cite the Definition of Racism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “racism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 10, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/racism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

racism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/racism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “racism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 10, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/racism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“racism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/racism/>.