Re: racism

David Driscoll (driscoll@LUNA.CAS.USF.EDU)
Fri, 21 Oct 1994 18:49:37 -0400

On Fri, 21 Oct 1994, Michelle B. Golden wrote:

> BTW, since when have we waited for Webster to have a definition in order
> to express complex (radical?) social concepts? Out of curiosity, did
> Webster have a def of racism prior to Abolition and/or the Civil Rights
> Movement? What about "sexism" before the first or second wave of the
> women's movement? (these aren't rhetorical questions. I'm genuinely curious)

By a happy coincidence, this version of Webster dates the first
appearance of its entries into "general usage." Racism, (the term) thus
first entered this lexicon in 1936. Racialism, (same meaning) 1907.
Sexism, 1970.

Is there a complex (radical?) term to express the concept of racial
discrimination without power? Webster, curiously, is silent.

Over to you,
David L. Driscoll
University of South Florida
Department of Applied Anthropology