Culture 

Merriam-Webster Updates Its Definition of "Racism"

Pledging to “give the entry for racism the attention it sorely needs.”

By
679 Hypes

Merriam-Webster Updates Its Definition of "Racism"

Pledging to “give the entry for racism the attention it sorely needs.”

Following work by college graduate Kennedy Mitchum, Merriam-Webster is updating its definition for the word “Racism.” In a time when racial inequality and injustice is a big topic of discussion, with Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the U.S. as well as the world, this comes as a small win for the Black community. “I kept having to tell them [Merriam-Webster] that definition is not representative of what is actually happening in the world. The way that racism occurs in real life is not just prejudice it’s the systemic racism that is happening for a lot of Black Americans,” Mitchum told CNN.

After having exchanged a handful of emails between the two, Mitchum adds “I basically told them they need to include that there is systematic oppression on people. It’s not just ‘I don’t like someone,’ it’s a system of oppression for a certain group of people,” to which the Merriam-Webster team replied and agreed, stating that they would make the definition for the word “Racism” more clear.

In the last response from Merriam-Webster, the company noted that the update would not have happened without Mitchum’s dedication, and apologized for not addressing the issue sooner. Editor Alex Chambers ended the email with a pledge to “give the entry for racism the attention it sorely needs.”

Merriam-Webster is currently reviewing the definition, which will be re-added to the dictionary within the coming days. Read the full response here.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

UPDATE: Coachella Has Officially Been Canceled Due to COVID-19
Music

UPDATE: Coachella Has Officially Been Canceled Due to COVID-19

Expected to return in April 2021.
7,412 Hypes

Boy Smells Unveils Its Limited-Edition "PRIDE" Candle Collection
Home

Boy Smells Unveils Its Limited-Edition "PRIDE" Candle Collection

15% of the proceeds will go to The Trevor Project.
1,453 Hypes

UPDATE: Reddit Officially Replaces Alexis Ohanian With a Black Candidate
Tech 

UPDATE: Reddit Officially Replaces Alexis Ohanian With a Black Candidate

Startup accelerator Y Combinator’s CEO Michael Seibel.
2,225 Hypes

Sony Postpones PS5 Event to "Allow More Important Voices to Be Heard"
Tech 

Sony Postpones PS5 Event to "Allow More Important Voices to Be Heard"

Find out the rescheduled date here.
1,417 Hypes

COMME des GARÇONS CDG Drops Social Justice Charity Capsule
Fashion 

COMME des GARÇONS CDG Drops Social Justice Charity Capsule

Following previous criticism for lack of diversity and cultural appropriation.
1,797 Hypes

'Harper's Bazaar' Appoints Samira Nasr as New Editor-in-Chief
Fashion

'Harper's Bazaar' Appoints Samira Nasr as New Editor-in-Chief

Succeeding Glenda Bailey, stepping down after 19 years at the publication.
573 Hypes

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep updated on the latest news.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the website running and to continue providing free news to our readers. We'd appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBAE on your ad blocker.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBAE ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBAE”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBAE page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBAE page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBAE page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBAE page that you were viewing.