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Race relations and racism

anglophobe

noun

someone who strongly dislikes the UK, British people, or British things

anti-Semite

noun

someone who hates Jewish people

anti-Semitic

adjective

anti-Semitic people, opinions, writings etc show a feeling of hate towards Jewish people

apartheid

noun

the political system that existed in the past in South Africa, in which only white people had political rights and power

Black Power

noun

a political movement, especially in the 1960s in the US, that aimed to achieve greater political and social power for black people

canteen culture

noun

the attitudes of some male police officers and other men who are considered to be sexist and racist

colour bar

noun

a set of laws or customs, especially in the past, intended to stop black and white people living and working together and having equal status in society

colour-blind

adjective

not treating people in a different way because of their race or colour

desegregation

noun

the process of ending a system in which people of different races are officially separated in a society or institution

integrated

adjective

able to be used or shared by people of all races

integration

noun

the process of allowing people of all races to use a place, institution, or organization

interracial

adjective

involving or consisting of people who belong to different races

Jim Crow

noun

in the US, unfair treatment of black people, especially in the past, by the use of laws that prevented them from going to the same schools and public places as white people

the KKK

the ku klux klan

Klansman

noun

a member of the ku klux klan

the Ku Klux Klan

an organization of white men in the US who commit violent racist crimes

lily-white

adjective

involving or including only white people. This word is usually used for showing that you think people of other races should be included

minority

noun

a part of a population that is different in race, religion, or culture from most of the population

passbook

noun

an official document that all black people in South Africa had to carry with them during the period of apartheid

pogrom

noun

an occasion in which a large group of people are killed according to an official plan because of their race or religion, especially Jews in Russia in the 19th century and early 20th century

race relations

noun

the relationships between people of different races who live in the same community

race riot

noun

an occasion when people of different races who live in the same community fight violently against each other

racial

adjective

happening between people of different races

racial

adjective

relating to someone’s race

racialism

noun

racism

racially

adverb

in a way that is caused by someone’s race or is related to someone’s race

racial profiling

noun

the practice of thinking that people of a particular race or colour will behave in a particular way, especially in a criminal way

racism

noun

a way of behaving or thinking that shows that you do not like or respect people who belong to races that are different from your own and that you believe your race is better than others

racist

noun

someone who does not like or respect people who belong to races that are different from their own and who believes their race is better than others

segregation

noun

the policy of keeping people from different groups, especially different races, separate. Integration is the policy of bringing these groups together

supremacist

noun

someone who believes their own race is much better than others, and believes they should have power and control

the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

a committee organized by the government of South Africa in the 1990s to find out the truth about the bad things that happened during the period of Apartheid so that the country can become more peaceful

white supremacy

noun

the belief that white people are better than people of other races

xenophobia

noun

a strong fear and dislike of people from other countries and cultures

anti-Semitism

noun

colour-blindness

noun

desegregate

verb

interracially

adverb

racialist

noun

racialist

adjective

racist

adjective

white supremacist

noun

xenophobic

adjective

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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