On Sexism, Racism, Ageism and other Bigotries


A racist act is the conscious effort by one group identity to effectively reduce the social status and the security, the rights and the privileges, and the integrity and dignity of another group identity.

The intended dynamic is two-fold, and lies firstly in the racist’s aim to reinforce a group identity, affiliation to which he or she imagines to be personally beneficial; and secondly through the unilateral conjuring of a contradistinctive group identity and the simultaneous ascription of affiliation to that prescriptively offensive group of an individual or individuals who are not to his liking. The point is to place the second at a disadvantage to the first, to imagine an asymmetrical binary.

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