Originally published by Robot Hugs and republished here with their permission.
We all need to pause and read this comic before using the dictionary definition of racism in an argument.
While dictionaries are supposed to be authorities on how we speak, they reflect the opinions of some people while excluding many more.
Check out this comic to find out about the biased history of the dictionary, and learn a more useful approach to language.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Why Reverse Oppression Simply Cannot Exist (No Matter What Merriam-Webster Says)
- 3 Ways That Sexism Is Different Than Gender-Based Prejudice
- People of Color Can’t Cure Your Racism, But Here Are 5 Things You Can Do Instead
- 3 Important Examples of Why Our Feminism Demands Anti-Racism
K is a Canadian, non-binary, genderqueer, peoplequeer, mentally ill, critical feminist robot. They have a background in linguistics, information, privacy, and categorization, and human-centric design. They are the artist and writer for Robot Hugs, a twice-weekly webcomic about (among other things) gender, identity, feminism, mental health, and cats. In their spare time, they provide peer education and workshops on negotiation, consent, and identity. In their spare-spare time, their hobbies include worrying about things they can’t control and knitting. Check out their comics here.