In the heat of a passionate campaign we can lose sight of fundamentals. Trump’s “shithole countries” remark was dumb and offensive, but was it racist? As people make their case for or against, everyone seems to be skipping an essential step – defining the term. What does the term “racist” actually mean?
A new post at Forbes explores reasons for the apparent reluctance to settle on a definition and some of the roots of the concept of race in an American context. It also proposes a definition, and I’m interested in your thoughts on that.
Racism is the belief that race determines certain individual human qualities, and those qualities render some races inherently superior to others.
What’s missing in that definition? Do the president’s comments fit under that rubric?