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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

In a racist world, we should expect definitions like 'treating people differently because of their race' because it reduces racism to interactions between individuals and does not address the ways that racism most powerfully functions; as a power structure that expresses itself in many small ways continuously, including in interactions between individuals.

Which is to say, the generalised definition itself is racist because it obscures what is really bad about racism, and the reason it is the generalised definition is just because the world is racist, and not because that's what racism is.

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JayGrym wrote

That actually makes more sense than the actual definitions. I've always thought about racism as either systemic or individual (likely because of definitions I'm familiar with). Is it safe to assume they should be considered the same?

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

I'm not sure what you're asking me. I usually just say that racism is 'structural' to mean that it's built into society - this understands things in terms of systems and how they manifest at individual and other levels. e.g. In terms of laws, in terms of how far away people live from where they work, in terms of how likely they are to get loans, in terms of how seriously doctors take their complaints of pain, in terms of how likely they are to be apprehended by police, how likely artificial intelligence is to discriminate against them; endless things that aren't abstract systems or mere interactions between individuals.

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JayGrym wrote

You've answered my question perfectly, thanks!

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