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Is there a single word in the English language that defines an individual that hates racists?

I've always used "anti-racist" or "anti-racism" or "anti-hate" but there must be a single word in the English language that descibes the situation I'm referring to better, right? ...Without resorting to hyphenation?

  • Do you want a term for a racist-hater, or simply someone who is race-agnostic? – Hot Licks Oct 17 '16 at 23:39
  • Lol. Racist-hater is almost an oxymoron, isn't it? But yes. Something very similar to it. – user201476 Oct 18 '16 at 2:13
  • @user201476 I wouldn't call it an oxymoron; that implies that racist and hater are contrasting ideas. Perhaps you're looking for tautology. – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 18 '16 at 6:01
  • I'd say Tolerant, but i'm not really sure. – CptEric Oct 18 '16 at 10:47
  • You can try saying you're "aracist"? ;D – galois Oct 18 '16 at 13:18
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I am not aware of a direct antonym of racist or racism. A person that opposes any form of discrimination is called egalitarian.

egalitarian

adjective
of, relating to, or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities : a fairer, more egalitarian society.

noun
a person who advocates or supports such a principle.

New Oxford American Dictionary

  • Michael, thanks very much. I wouldn't have found this on my own and I think it describes exactly what I want to get across to people. Sounds way better than anything with a hyphen as well. – user201476 Oct 18 '16 at 1:57
  • @user201476 Bear in mind that people that describe theirselves as "egalitarian" wouldn't hate racists. Surely they won't agree with racist views, but hating some group (racists) over some other group (non-racists) is, by definition, out of the equation. – walen Oct 18 '16 at 7:43
  • @walen: Racism isn't about discriminating against a group of people. It's about discriminating against a group of people when the trait discrimination is based on is irrelevant to the discrimination. Being egalitarian doesn't somehow define away the need for discrimination against people whose behavior is detrimental to said egalitarian's way of life. A sufficiently disruptive racist could certainly be hated without any conflict of definition. – MichaelS Oct 18 '16 at 7:58
  • @user201476 Hating racists is neither required nor precluded by being egalitarian. – michael.hor257k Oct 18 '16 at 8:06
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    @MichaelS I guess the word "hate" carries a heavier emotional load to me. I see "hate" as an active emotion (even when that hate is repressed because of laws etc.), as opposed to e.g. "dislike" or "antipathy" which to me are more of passive emotions. "Hate" is associated with actions like "hate crime". Making "hateful remarks" about someone is not the same as making "unpleasant remarks". Racist people hate other people; an egalitarian myself, I don't like racists, but I don't actively hate them: I just think that they are wrong and laws should be in place to keep them from hurting society. – walen Oct 18 '16 at 8:27
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"A social activist" might fit, except for the fact that although they may spend (or may have spent) their whole lives fighting racism, they don't necessarily hate racists.

  • Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social, political, economic, or environmental change. This action is in support of, or opposition to, one side of an often controversial argument: I am a "Social Activist" and I would like to spread knowledge, and support charities and our brothers and sisters in arms. from UD

Some famous social activists

  • Martin Luther King Jr
  • Malcolm X
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Mother Jones
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Joan Baez
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humanist

Wikipedia: "Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism

By valuing all people, a humanist is anti-racism, but not necessarily against the racist.

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the word is educated. One caveat: an educated person will hate racism, but not the racist.

I say educated is the word, because an educated person knows that all humans now living are descended from a small population in Africa. And all humans now living outside Africa are descended from a small band that left Africa about 50,000 years ago. See National Geographic News article Massive Genetic Study Supports Out of Africa Theory. The evidence is incontrovertible.

There were earlier out of Africa migrations -- the ancestors of the Neandertals left Africa perhaps 500,000 years ago, and the ancestors of the homo erectus specimens found in Asia even earlier. But every racist (and everyone else) alive today is an African. No kind of racism makes sense, because we are all cousins.

Obligatory English citation: Oxford English Dictionary, educated

2.....(of an opinion, etc.) based on an understanding of relevant facts or issues; informed

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    +1 for "an educated person will hate racism, but not the racist." – Centaurus Oct 17 '16 at 23:22
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    Is there a shortage of educated racists? – michael.hor257k Oct 18 '16 at 0:46
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    @michael.hor257k - There is a subtle difference between educated and taught. – Hot Licks Oct 18 '16 at 0:51
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    There are plenty of educated racists. This isn't the correct answer at all. – dwjohnston Oct 18 '16 at 1:32
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    I agree that education is one of the keys to transcending prejudices and cultural ignorance. But racism is not something you're born with; it too is "learned." – user201476 Oct 18 '16 at 2:05

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