Questions tagged [racism]

Questions related to prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism based on race or ethnicity. Both the beliefs that one's own race is superior and racial discrimination in general are covered.

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Does the fact that China owns nuclear weapon improve the status of Chinese expat? [closed]

According to Chinese government propaganda, it is because of the development and deployment of nuclear weapons that the status of Chinese ex-pats is no longer discriminated against by anyone else. Are ...
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What is the analogous term of people of colour for white persons?

I already know the term "people of colour" in a sociological context. What is the counterpart term to people of colour actually (i.e. white people?) in the same context if there is one?
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Why are COVID-19 vaccine mandates considered a source of racism in the US? [closed]

I've been reading a bit on the history of vaccine mandates, and it seems that multiple prominent groups have asserted that vaccine mandates are racist against minorities. I've read about the Tuskegee ...
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Is Immanuel Wallerstein's theory on capitalism and cognitive dissonance empirically verifiable?

In the past I have heard people assert that racism is caused by capitalism, and this has never really made sense to me. However, this answer references a theory by Immanuel Wallerstein that explains ...
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Is the prevalence of racial arguments unique to US politics or is it a topic in other Western countries as well?

It seems that in the United States, much of politics is currently focused around the subject of racism. Many issues are rephrased as racism issues - infrastructure, healthcare, policing... Now I'm not ...
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Is saying “minority lives matter” considered racist [closed]

There have been a few popular posts about why saying white lives matter is considered racist. What I am asking is if saying “minority lives matter” would be considered racist. This doesn’t detract ...
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Why do white supremacists use the term "Anglo Saxon values"?

I heard on the news about a group called "America First" that supposedly wants to protect "Anglo-Saxon values". Other American and European nativists have also used that phrase. ...
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Why isn't there an inquiry into the assassination of Malcolm X, given that there is solid evidence of a conspiracy by the FBI targetting him?

Raymond Wood, a former NYPD undercover officer, in a death-bed confession, admitted to being part of a conspiracy to target Malcolm X. He stated that he was part of a conspiracy by the NYPD to trap ...
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During Trump's presidency, did White Americans (on average, still) believe there was more anti-White than anti-Black bias in the US?

An interesting, perhaps, survey on perceptions of racial inequality in the US, conducted some 10 years ago, as (somewhat better) summarized in another paper (of the same authors): Norton and Sommers (...
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Can the US police be replaced with minorities volunteer squads? [closed]

As long, as George Floyd killing reveals huge problems in the US police departments, discrimination and racism in the US police, some reform was started. But it isn't clear, would it change anything ...
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How do progressive US political thinkers explain anti-black police discrimination in cities where the population and government are majority black?

There is a common narrative among progressive political and racial thinkers in the United States that all or almost all police departments are systematically racist in a way that does significant and ...
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Has Markey discussed past votes to preserve tax-exempt status for racist colleges?

NBC affiliate WWLP said this, in discussing remarks made by Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy as part of his primary challenge of Democratic Senator Ed Markey: At a Tuesday press conference, Kennedy ...
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What could the US federal government do to reform the police?

There is a widespread belief that policing in the USA suffers from systemic racism. Let us suppose that Joe Biden gets elected President and decides that this is a priority. Let us also suppose that ...
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Has Biden discussed his remarks about a neoconfederate organization?

In 1993, then-Senator Joe Biden said this during Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s confirmation hearings: I, too, heard that speech and, for the public listening to this, the Senator made a very moving and ...
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Has there been any research addressing systemic racism targeting West Indian immigrants relative to other ethnic immigrant groups?

In a 2018 Quilette opinion column, Coleman Hughes used similar data to suggest systemic racism in the US is not a large problem: The second natural experiment involves comparing the outcomes of black ...
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Why is it offensive to say All Lives Matter? [duplicate]

But I mean all lives do matter. I see people get offended by that statement. All Lives Matter includes blacks, hispanics, whites. Everyone.
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How does the release of George Floyd's death footage change the perception of his death? [closed]

The Daily Mail recently released the bodycam footage of the death of George Floyd. How does this video corroborate/counter the claims that have been made regarding the incident? (One specific claim ...
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Why is it considered racist to say "White Lives Matter"?

Given the recent political upheaval and mass protests/riots with scores of people chanting "Black Lives Matter" on the streets, why is it considered white supremacist and racist to say "...
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What possible steps could be taken to fight racism in the police? [closed]

Within the US, what steps could be taken to try to prevent racism in the police? For example, there is no strong 'test' for racism that can't be double-guessed. Even then, there is the potential that ...
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What are the arguments against abolishing the Confederate flag?

Disclaimer: I am not American, but I do follow American politics. I know what the Confederacy was, what the Civil War was, and so on. Here's the question: What specifically are the arguments in ...
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Is it true that Jim Crow laws were primarily promoted by the Democratic Party?

I've been told that the laws had received widespread support amongst the Democrats of the time. This seems at odds with the current posture of the Democrat Party; is this true?
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Is there empirical evidence that institutional racism still plays an important role today [closed]

Institutional racism definitely played its role in the 19 & 20th century, is there empirical evidence it still plays an important role today? I like this question to attract a collection of ...
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Is there any reason to believe that face masks increase the risk of racial profiling?

As established at Skeptics, Lincoln County, Oregon, legally requires everyone to wear facemasks to prevent the spread of covid...unless they are a person of color. In other words, only white people ...
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What are the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement?

I did a lot of research before asking this question, but the lack of (non-conflicting) information is astounding. Despite such powerful and massive protests, there really doesn't seem to be a unified, ...
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What is the origin of the fears of racism associated with facial recognition technology?

If one pays attention to technology-based news all the big players in facial recognition technology are now refusing to provide this technology to the US government and/or police. When news reports ...
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How to tell if a company or organization is truly standing against systemic racism? [closed]

With the recent events surrounding the death of George Floyd and other people of color, I have seen several companies issuing statements condemning racism and the aforementioned events. Just to cite ...
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How does one parse the notion of "systemic racism" in the context of poverty?

One will often read statistics like: "Black Americans are dying from the coronavirus at more than twice the rate of whites." The obvious inference, here, is that blacks have less access to healthcare ...
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Do American cops shoot black people more than white people in similar cases? [closed]

I want to know if the US police is really prejudiced against black people. I would most like statistics that answer the question: Do American cops shoot black people more than white people in ...
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Why do BLM protestors continue after all four police involved in the killing of George Floyd are facing charges?

Why do BLM protestors continue to protest now that all four police involved in the killing of George Floyd are facing charges and police around the country are being held accountable (e.g. the 6 ...
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Who polices the police in the USA?

Who polices the police in the USA? Is there anyone a police officer has to answer to for committing racist acts, abusing their power, or committing other crimes unnecessarily?
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Is there pervasive racial bias in United States policing?

Twitter user Leonydus Johnson posted the following statistics acquired from the FBI UCR Program website and the Washington Post: For every 10,000 black people arrested for violent crime, 3 are killed ...
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Is there no legal protection against racial discrimination in China?

An opinion piece in the Guardian plainly states that Although China has the lowest immigration in the world (migrants account for just 0.07% of the population), the authorities impose harsh “...
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Did California in 1967 prohibit open carry to discriminate against blacks, unlike Michigan that still allows it in 2020? [closed]

I'm British, and was befuddled to see this picture on r/oddlyterrifying of lockdown protestors carrying guns right up to the Michigan's Governor office door. I then found this combined picture on r/...
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How much of the US media referred to the COVID-19 as the "Wuhan Virus" until it received an official designation from the WHO?

It has been claimed in a fairly upvoted answer here (which is why this not a notable-enough claim for Skeptics SE) that For a fun exercise, put a news organization into google's search along with "...
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In left leaning ideologies, how does the concept of cultural appropriation mesh with the concept of universal equality? [closed]

On the one hand, left leaning ideologies tell us that everyone on this planet is supposed to be completely equal, with no distinctions between people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, country ...
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What is wrong with Justin Trudeau (or anyone) masquerading as Aladdin?

I live in a part of world where people of color represent a small minority of the population, and TBH the issue of racism is non-existent in my surrounding (or severely understated, I can't judge). ...
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How do Republicans explain their lack of support among minority voters?

From a 2016 Pew Research Study, "The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart": Trends in party affiliation among black voters have been largely stable ...
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Has any congressperson ever been a victim of discrimination while in office?

From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's web page Immigrants' Employment Rights Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws: Harassment Based on National Origin Ethnic slurs and other ...
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How have Republicans defended Trump's "Go Back" tweets?

On July 14th, 2019, President Trump posted series of 3 tweets which targeted Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and ...
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Why the modern German government conducts the policy that prevents assimilation of minorities and inter-ethnic mixing? [closed]

I will name several German policies that make impression the government is striving to prevent inter-ethnic mixing: There are lists of permitted names for each ethnicity. One cannot take or give ...
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Do racist/xenophobic Buddhists (attempt to) base their prejudice in religious doctrine?

Do the various racist or xenophobic movements in countries with Buddhist majorities (mainly in South East Asia) usually claim to base their prejudice (against other religions or ethnic groups) on ...
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What is the evidence for a top-down Southern Strategy?

According to Wikipedia, “In American politics, the Southern Strategy refers to a Republican Party electoral strategy to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to ...
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Is it fascist/racist to doubly punish for people who live in "poor" areas? [closed]

Suppose a government is going to doubly punish for crimes committed by people who live in certain areas. Those areas are selected by a combination of all of the following criteria: lots of foreigners ...
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Is this remark from Senator Lindsey Graham (Rep.) actually racist? [closed]

Recently, there has been a huge debate about Senator Lindsey Graham's statements (regarding the DNA test and Iran) being racist. I'm a native Iranian, but I live in South Carolina and I hear these ...
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What does Kanye (Ye) West actually mean by "Abolish the 13th Amendment"?

On his Saturday Night Live appearance on the 29th of September 2018, Kanye West spoke on "abolishing the 13th amendment". (This may have been stewing for a while, but that is when I first became ...
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Is criticism of Zionism legitimate or inherently anti-semitic? [closed]

Personally I have no problem with the idea of self determination for any ethnic or religious group, especially one that has suffered such historical persecution as Jewish people. But the problem is ...
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How does anti-Semitism differ from racism?

If 'anti-Semitism' is no different to 'racism', then why is it necessary to have a separate "...ism" that relates specifically to only one religious/racial group?
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Is there any difference between black supremacism and white supremacism [closed]

Both movements appear to aim for separatism. I can see how they might disagree on immaterial historical claims. But in terms of practical actions they seem to me to be identical. Is there any ...
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Why is President Trump ending affirmative action in college admissions so controversial?

It was recently announced that: The Trump administration is expected to tell schools not to consider race in the admissions process, discontinuing the policy former President Barack Obama adopted ...
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Are African-Americans under-represented in the teaching profession?

I was doing some research on gaslighting, when I came across the following in the Gaslighting article on Wikipedia: Gaslighting can be seen as institutional and systematic. An article by Tuesda ...
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