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Do you know the difference between racism and prejudice?

Ive seen the word "racist" thrown around like its nothing. Im starting to realize some people dont know the difference between the two words- or are just quick to scream racism at any chance they get. So tell me, do YOU know the difference between the word "racist" and "prejudice"? I'll wait while you find your dictionary.

 
BEXi

Asked by BEXi at 10:14 AM on May. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Someone called someone a racist because of that? Clearly they've never been to Mexico. . . the standard of living there isn't what it is here, that's not racism, that's just fact.

    It's not the same as calling someone say, a dirty mexican, or any of the other names that could come up. It's like someone saying a person who said Ethiopians were dying of aids because they didn't have our medical care. It's not just medical care they don't have.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:33 AM on May. 1, 2009

  • yes
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:21 AM on May. 1, 2009

  • lolz Prejudice doesn't always mean hating someone because of their race, you can be prejudiced against overweight people however, racism means hating someone because of their ethnicity or cultural background.
    BABICAKES904

    Answer by BABICAKES904 at 10:23 AM on May. 1, 2009

  • One example, the question about the swine flu in mexico and why people may be dieing there. Someone said because they might not take care of themselves as well. Someone called her racist for this. Really? Hehe.
    BEXi

    Answer by BEXi at 10:23 AM on May. 1, 2009

  • I think that "racism" is discriminating specifically because of RACE. Prejudice, on the other hand, can be aimed at anyone and it's simply making a judgment before having all facts. It doesn't necessarily apply to people but there is "racial prejudice" of course.

    Sharon
    momto2boys973

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 10:30 AM on May. 1, 2009

  • the word is way over used. If you dare disagree with anything you are called a racist.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 AM on May. 1, 2009

  • Exactly lovinangels. When I saw that I was just.... floored. Im so sick of people using such a negative word so lightly.
    BEXi

    Answer by BEXi at 10:35 AM on May. 1, 2009

  • Prejudice, on the other hand, can be aimed at anyone and it's simply making a judgment before having all facts. It doesn't necessarily apply to people but there is "racial prejudice" of course.
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    This ^ is what I understand prejudice means.

    However, it doesn't make it any BETTER.

    People now a days over use the word. Both the people who accuse those of it, and the ones who are crude and insensitive and think it's ok to insult people with no cons.
    LadyChamp

    Answer by LadyChamp at 10:52 AM on May. 1, 2009