PREFACE: This is not an easy topic to discuss. There are many historic and definitional aspects connected to it, not to mention a great deal of emotion. So it is impossible to discuss this issue in a short essay. For this reason, I humbly beseech you to stay with this post, as everything I write on this issue in the future will be predicated upon the information presented in this post. In a real sense, this post is the foundation for the issue of racism and race relations on The OYL.
Racism is real, but we must take great care to understand what we are talking about when we use the term, racism. In the United States, racism is seldom used to refer to a wide-spread belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capabilities, and that race determines inherent superiority. Rather, it is most often used as a synonym for prejudice or bigotry. The primary and crucial difference here is that prejudice and bigotry are an inherent part of human nature and not institutional, whereas racism usually has an institutional or policy aspect attached to it. But this is a subject for a definitional post and not the focus of this post. The focus on this post is on the secondary use of race relations in the United States; a use that is seldom acknowledged and often denied in spite of the clear evidence of its reality. In the United States, racism is used as both a hammer and a shield by which n agenda of social engineering is being forced on society.