By Racism, I mean the mythology/belief systems from which decisions are made based on the elements which make up "race", including but not limited to pigmentation, historical and dynamic ethnic identification, and shared community and social justice concerns arising from the actions of groups identified as being in competition with one's own.
By "mythology" I mean the whole system of narratives rehearsed, conclusions drawn, and actions taken which correctly and incorrectly identify some Big Idea or system of related Ideas as The Reason--the hinge on the which the door of action swings.
An example: Racism
I usually restrict my verbal application of "racism" to the negative/damaging decisions based on race, because that is common usage, but in my mind -isms are fundamentally ambivalent, always including all desirable and undesirable elements of the idea. Racism, therefore can refer also, for instance, to Affirmative Action and other race-based activism with which I customarily agree because they are made necessary by individual crimes as well as ongoing, discriminatory, systemic violation of basic human rights.
A stunted myth=lie idea prevents people from realizing they have a tool in their hands already (story/fiction) which can improve their functional understanding of the world, and keeps in power those with the most money/influence over communications (media).
An uploaded document, original writing, research, or an existing page on this site which gives a sense of this pattern.
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