Comment: The actual use of the term is what gives it meaning.

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The actual use of the term is what gives it meaning.

"The UN does not define “racism”; however, it does define “racial discrimination”: According to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,

"the term "racial discrimination" shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life."

This definition does not make any difference between discrimination based on ethnicity and race, in part because the distinction between the two remains debatable among anthropologists. Similarly, in British law the phrase racial group means "any group of people who are defined by reference to their race, colour, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origin". (Wikipedia)

This inclusion of such things as ethnicity and national identity is why the term "racist" is so widely used to shut down debate on sensitive issues.

The idea itself, that one should not judge a person, whether pejoratively or laudatorily, on the grounds of their racial, ethnic or national group identity, is in fact a libertarian principle. Unfortunately this principle has been stood on its head by the academic and political mood setters so that virtually all discussion of social justice is grounded in these group identities and certain groups are set apart for privileged treatment on the basis of the historical grievances of their group. The individuals involved are then entirely absorbed into their group identity and view all criticism of their privileges as "racist" when in reality it is their privileges that are racist.

"O what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive."

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)