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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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In the US why is nationalism equated with racism?

From Wikipedia: There are various definitions for what constitutes a nation, however, which leads to several different strands of nationalism. It can be a belief that citizenship in a state should ...
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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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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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What's the difference between affirmative action and racism?

Affirmative action is the policy of favoring certain groups of people over others. In the US, this is generally implemented by basis of race. How is this not the exact definition of ...
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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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Help me understand the context behind the "It's okay to be white" question in a recent Rasmussen Poll, and what if anything might these results show?

The New York Times' February 26, 2023 Newspapers Drop ‘Dilbert’ After Creator’s Rant About Black ‘Hate Group’ includes the paragraph: In the video from Tuesday that led to backlash, Mr. Adams, who is ...
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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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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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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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How does antisemitism differ from racism? [closed]

If 'antisemitism' 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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The paradox of Russian Nazis

It is often reported that Russia has one of the largest neo-Nazi communities in the world. Which to me seems utterly bizarre. As I understand it, Germany's National Socialists in theory and practice,...
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What does the term "White Privilege" mean?

I hear this term "white privilege" when something major happens like a school shooting, police shooting, or even during sentence hearings involving people of different ethnicity. What does "White ...
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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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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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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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Does the term "white privilege" apply to Eastern Europeans?

Does the concept of "white privilege" also apply to (for example) Eastern Europeans, according to the political groups, who it? How is it explained? I am mostly talking about hard line groups, like ...
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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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What is the political orientation of those banning "To Kill A Mockingbird" and similar literature?

"To Kill A Mockingbird" has recently been removed from a reading list in a Mississippi school district. (example article) On Twitter, I've come across US conservatives blaming US liberals and vice ...
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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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How does social inequality differ from wealth inequality? (In a society with capitalism-esque ideals)

Other than the trivial fact that caste is baked into religion, I can't come up with the difference of it to class divide/inequality due to capitalism. In the book "Caste: The origin of our ...
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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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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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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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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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Why did African Americans and Native Americans vote too oppositely on the Affirmative Action poll?

I found a tabular analysis on Wikipedia about affirmative action. It shows: "Supporters and opponents of affirmative action in California 2020". Popular Group For Affirmative Action Against ...
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Why does the KKK support Trump?

Although Trump rejects the support of the KKK, the KKK still likes Trump. Why are the KKK people supporting him?
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Does "Nation of Islam" still hold black supremacist beliefs?

The wikipedia article, Beliefs and theology of the Nation of Islam seems to have a lot of old information. According to the latest possible information, does "Nation of Islam" still hold black ...
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What are the main arguments against White Nationalism?

The Wikipedia definition of the term 'white nationalist' is "A type of nationalism or pan-nationalism which holds the belief that white people are a race and seeks to develop and maintain a white ...
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How do Americans perceive slavery?

Similar to this question: How do today's Germans percieve the Nazis: “Race relations are better since I graduated. That's the truth,” Obama told. He added “Racism persists, inequality persists...” ...
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What are the main arguments made for White Nationalism?

The Wikipedia definition of the term 'white nationalist' is "A type of nationalism or pan-nationalism which holds the belief that white people are a race and seeks to develop and maintain a white ...
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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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Are there currently, or have there ever been any 'white' members of Singapore's People's Action Party(PAP)?

Historically, ethnicity seems to have been a sensitive issue in Singapore, one that its founding fathers have struggled with, according to various historical sources. Today, Singapore is a successful ...
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History or events likely triggering or being used by Koran-burning anti-Muslim groups in Denmark and Sweden?

notability: This is not intended to be another "why is there racism" question. The Koran-burning and related activities have had direct impact on NATO membership discussions and delays. ...
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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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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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Why Michael Brown shooting is still being used as an example of police violence against minorities?

It was proved that the officer had the right to use deadly force when Brown was charging at him, yet people still use it as an example of unjustified police violence; for example in this article (but ...
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Why did "inter-racial" marriage attract disapproval even from African-Americans?

In a post by Gallup, In U.S., 87% Approve of Black-White Marriage, vs. 4% in 1958, past polls indicate that while the majority of African-Americans have approved of "inter-racial" marriages since ...
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Can racial profiling (by police) in the United States be explained simply by the socioeconomic status of the suspect?

This a devil's advocate question, because I don't know of a study/data to directly answer this comment on skeptics. However, I cannot reraise that as a question there because I can't find any notable ...
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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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What are peoples' perspective regarding racism outside of Europe and North America? [closed]

Note - I'm not too experienced at the nuances of framing questions in this area and many terms carry heavy meaning, some of which I might be less aware of. I hope nothing in this question presumes ...
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Did Gandhi ever make a statement on South African apartheid?

Did Mahatma Gandhi ever publicly declare his opinion on the racist segregation under the apartheid regime in South Africa?
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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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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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