Originally posted by KazetNagorra
It's not racist to say X or Y. Racism is an unfounded belief that some race is superior over some other race in some respects, if there is no empirical evidence.
"Racism is an unfounded belief
that some race is superior over some other race in some respects, if there is no empirical evidence."
Not untrue, but probably an inadequate definition. Whether there is superiority or not, or whether it can be proved or not is not the point. For example, when white Europeans colonized or invaded North America, and for that matter South America they were culturally more advanced than the indigenous tribes. They were "racist" in their conclusion that superiority permitted them to abuse those inferior to them. Ditto for slavery.
Racism is more the attitude that might is right. Superiority or inferiority may be true or not for an era. It doesn't justify the conclusions of the "racist".
The hatred over milleniums based on presumptions of cultural superiority between Asians (Japanese, Korean, and Chinese) offer examples. The conduct of the Aztecs and Mayans toward other indigenous tribes another example.
Racism is demonstrated today not by the use of forbidden words, but by how people think, what their actions are based on. If the first thing that enters a person's mind in a conflict situation is race, then I think that person is racist.
The same act may or may not be racist, depending on the thoughts and motives of those involved.