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:

https://twitter.com/BlakkSamurai/status/507601432912986112https://twitter.com/THA_KZZA/status/507590321270579200https://twitter.com/bhorne_33/status/507587118948818944https://twitter.com/ReginaldAndreas/status/507581960269881344https://twitter.com/ReginaldAndreas/status/507579380550221824https://twitter.com/bro_walter/status/507573565307105283https://twitter.com/ProfBrandelyn/status/507571983291142145https://twitter.com/aaron_hay_lew/status/507571197291134978https://twitter.com/hgashoka/status/507569543485456384

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