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ra·cial·ism / ˈrāshəˌlizəm/ • n. another term for racism. DERIVATIVES: ra·cial·ist / -list/ n. & adj. ra·cial·ize / -ˌlīz/ v.

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racialism, racism Racialism is the unequal treatment of a population group purely because of its possession of physical or other characteristics socially defined as denoting a particular race (see RACE, SOCIOLOGY OF). Racism is the deterministic belief-system which sustains racialism, linking these characteristics with negatively valuated social, psychological, or physical traits. For an informative comparative study of racism in the United States and the Netherlands see Philomena Essed , Understanding Everyday Racism (1991