The editors of the American dictionary Merriam-Webster (Webster) will reconsider the meaning of the concept of “racism” after the letters of a black US citizen Kennedy Mitchum.
According to AFP, the Merriam-Webster American reference dictionary will change the definition of the word “racism” at the suggestion of a young black woman who wanted her to better reflect the oppression of colored people.
“Mitchum, a recent graduate of Drake University in Iowa, has contacted Merriam-Webster, which has been publishing its dictionaries since 1847 to propose updating the meaning of the term“ racism, ” the report said.
At the moment, the dictionary presents three definitions of the word “racism”:
The belief that race is a determining factor in human qualities and abilities, and that racial differences create a certain preference for a particular race;
Racial prejudice or discrimination;
A doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism, designed to fulfill its principles, or a political or social system based on racism.
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“I told them that I should include that there are systematic harassment of a group of people. It’s not easy: “Oh, I don’t like someone,” Kennedy Mitchum said.