Culture vs. Racism as Defined in Dictionary.com*
Definition* – Culture – “The quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in the arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.”
· Culture – development or improvement of the mind by education or training.
· Culture – the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic or age group. For example, youth culture, drug culture
Definition*- Racism – “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.”
Culture crosses racial boundaries and does not coincide with race. In other words, whether you are Asian or African American or Native American or Caucasian, you may have the exact same culture or a completely different culture. Therefore, for many people, culture is what is important, not race. That would make you a culturalist, not a racist.
Combining the two definitions of culture and racist.
A culturalist is a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human culture groups determine individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own culture has different cultural choices and does not mean one group is inferior to the others. For example, a person may prefer to hear chamber music while another rock.
There are different types of culture e.g. black culture, drug culture, Black Lives Matter culture, Me too ultra, beauty culture while culture all goes beyond race.
Sometimes one has a preconception of a person is of another culture but suddenly shifts when one gets to know them well enough.
Affirmative action is an example of identifying with educated white culture and can be a reason for supporting affirmative action.
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