Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1989
racism [f. RACE sb.2 + -ISM; cf. F. racisme (Robert 1935).] a. The theory that distinctive human characteristics and abilities are determined by race. b = RACIALISM.
1936 L. Dennis Coming Amer. Fascism 109 If .. it be assumed that one of our values should be a type of racism which excludes certain races from citizenship, then the plan of execution should provide for the annihilation, deportization, or sterilization of the excluded races.
[note: by this definition, if a person believes Negros are black, he’s practicing racism]
racist (‘reisist), sb. and a. [f. RACE sb.2 + -ist.] A. sb. = RACIALIST sb.
1932 M. Eastman tr. Trotsky’s Hist. Russ. Revol. i. 27 This brief comment completely finishes off not only the old philosophy of the Slavophiles, but also the latest revelation of the ‘Racists’. 1934 H. G. Wells Exper. Autobiogr. I iii. 107 So much for the Hitlerite stage of my development, when I was a sentimentalist, a moralist, a patriot, a racist.
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