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What is racism? And why are some people reluctant to call Donald Trump racist?

TCD sociology lecturer Dr David Ralph on what constitutes racism and why we are not living in a ‘post-racial nirvana’

  • What is racism?

“It’s pointing out that I am different to you based on a physical characteristic or an ethnicity or a religion,” says Dr David Ralph of the Sociology Department in TCD.

  • Patrick Freyne
  • The Irish Times

“But it’s not just pointing that out. It’s saying I am superior to you because of that difference… I’m superior to you because my skin is white and yours is black, or because I’m a Christian and you’re a Muslim… It’s the manipulation of difference to basically…

Unesco defines racism as “a

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