A girl in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 21, 2014, holds a sign as she protests the shooting of Michael Brown.
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According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, racism is defined as:

1. a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

2. racial prejudice or discrimination

In our supposedly “post-racial” society, racism is still prevalent. Whether it’s shopping while black, being racially profiled by police or being subjected to discrimination in the workplace, racism is something that people experience on a daily basis.

On Thursday The Root asked readers to define what racism means to them, and the responses were honest and thought-provoking:



Racism is easily defined, but will there ever be steps to eradicate it? Unfortunately, I don't see it happening anytime soon.