The definition of racism the author gives is contrary to any dictionary definition I’ve found . “Prejudice” is used in the all the definitions.It does not necessarily refer to the institutionalized racism (the commonly used phrase) that the author is talking about.
It is true that the usage of a word determines it’s definition, but until it is reflected in a commonly agreed upon authoritative source, there is going to be confusion. That’s all I’m saying. I think the prefix “institutionally” or “systematic” should still be used so that it is clear .
I’m am all for dialogue on these issues and I appreciate this article.
The first definition that came up on Google :
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
Merriam Webster’s definition :