Racism: Is “Dominance” A Necessary Factor?

“Racism is actions, practices or beliefs, or social or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently. (Wikipedia)

Recently I’ve heard that a primary component in racism is one races dominance over another. Which seems to mean that in order for someone to be racist they or their culture must have dominance¬†over a¬†person of another race. Does this mean that two people can have identical feelings and philosophies towards those of other races but only one of them can be racist and that is the one who has dominance?

I don’t agree with this “dominance” understanding and probably should research the accepted definition of the word “racism” to see if this is a determining factor. Many times I’ve been told that it is impossible to be racist because of this idea.

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