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June 10, 2023

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Letter: How is racism defined?


I appreciated The Columbian’s editorial “In Our View: Students set example, stand against racism” (The Columbian, May 1).

In 2022, this fight is more complicated.

If students in high school or college were asked to write down the definition of racism, it would be interesting to compare what they wrote. Would their definitions mostly agree, or would there be a wide variance?

While The Columbian states that racist comments are likely a reflection of what a student hears from parents and friends, I wonder what is being communicated in schools.

Do teachers say that certain minority groups cannot be racists, or would that be a racist statement? Do students hear that a majority race in a country will pass racist genes to their children, or that such a statement is a power ploy by race hucksters?

Has the definition of racism changed over the years, and if so, by whom, and why?

We, and that means everyone, need to be on the same page, if we are going to win this battle.

We cannot beat racism if the meaning is ambiguous, meaning different things to individuals or groups.

So how is racism being defined in schools?

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