Hey Einstein, how do you think dictionary definitions appear? Do they come by messenger angels from god? Do they mysteriously appear on paper or on computer screen and then the editors of the dictionary just publish them? Why do different dictionaries have variations in how words are defined?
Originally Posted by Tucker Case
The real definition? What does that mean? How dictionary editors define a word is a ideological/political/sociological/etymological process. Which of the following is the "real" definition?
Using it in your rebuttal is merely equivocating because you don't like
the real definition
of the word.
1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2: racial prejudice or discrimination
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
There are huge gaping inconsistencies between these two definitions. Merriam Webster doesn't allow for what Dictionary.com has as a stand-alone 3rd point. Merriam Webster defines racism as believing that race is the PRIMARY determinant of traits but Dictionary.com defines racism as believing in INHERENT difference being determinative. What they agree on is the focus on determinative and on the broad superiority-inferiority framing.
If a dictionary definition is determinative, then how on earth can there be such wide variance in dictionary definitions? Which one is wrong?
Listen up asswipe, I don't hold racist ideas. Let's look at the definitions from the dictionary.
I also did not use the word "racist" as a shaming word. That's just something you made up. Perhpas because you are ashamed of your racism?
1.) I don't believe that race is a primary determinant of human traits and capacities
2.) I utterly reject the notion that there can exist an inherent superiority in a particular race.
3.) I do not prejudge or discriminate solely on the basis of race.
4.) I don't believe that there exist inherent differences between races and that these differences determine cultural or individual achievement.
5.) I don't hate people because of their race.
So, how do I qualify as a racist when I fail to meet the conditions specified in dictionaries? You see, you're invoking some peculiar definition of racism which is your own and not in the dictionary you quote, which captures the arguments that I've been making on this board. You and these dictionary editors are not conversant with population genetics nor physical anthropology and you're invoking some platonic ideals about race which diverge quite significantly from the genetic basis for race.
Population geneticists are not racists. The work that population geneticists do is not racism. The same for physical anthropologists. The people in these fields have a better and fuller understanding of race than do the linguists and etymologists who work on the editorial staffs of dictionary publishers.
Go and apologize to your grandmother, you fool, you bad grandson. See definition #3 of Dictionary.com.
this is because she has a false definition of the word. Ignorance is no defense.