Racism and Racialism

Lots have jokes have arisen over Newt Gingrich’s use of the term “racialsim” concerning Judge Sotomayor, as if it was something he had made up. The word triggered a memory and so I went to a book I read many years ago, D. VanNostrand and Company’s The Idea of Racialism in its Anvil series. The author is Louis L. Snyder.

In it, on p.10, Snyder says that ’racialism’ is distinguished from ’racism’ by an emphasis on the elements of race hatred and racial prejudice.

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