South African Journal of Philosophy

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Own-Race-Absent Racism

T Martin


I propose that a distinction can be drawn between two fundamental kinds of
racism: own-race-present racism and own-race-absent racism. In  own-racepresent racism, the race of the racist figures as a term in her racist thinking; in own-race-absent racism it does not. While own-race-present racism might conform readily to commonsense understandings of racism, own-race-absent racism less clearly does. I provide evidence that these two kinds are there to be identified and raise considerations regarding the benefits, both theoretical and practical, of adopting the less-obvious concept of own-race-absent racism.
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