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racism

noun [U] uk   /ˈreɪ.sɪ.zəm/ (UK old-fashioned racialism) disapproving us  
B2 the belief that people's qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as the members of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races: The authorities are taking steps to combat/fight/tackle racism in schools. The report made it plain that institutional racism (= racism in all parts of an organization) is deep-rooted in this country.
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