What is Racism? A Brief Meditation

Autumn landscape, Isaac Levitan

Emerging in our contemporary discourse on race and prejudice are two polarized views on racism: one, frequently espoused in certain circles on the left, is that racism is an inherently structural, systemic phenomenon that exists within society regardless of the intentions or psychologies of those who inhabit society. The other view, prevalent on the right, is that racism is entirely contingent on and defined by the individual…