Bigotry and racism exist, of course—and they are evils that all well-intentioned people must oppose.
The European Union Monitoring Center on racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) produced a working definition in 2005.
The charge of racism without a shred of proof, much less irrefutable evidence, is doing terrible damage to our cultural fabric.
The belief that some races are inherently superior (physically, intellectually, or culturally) to others and therefore have a right to dominate them. In the United States, racism, particularly by whites against blacks, has created profound racial tension and conflict in virtually all aspects of American society. Until the breakthroughs achieved by the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, white domination over blacks was institutionalized and supported in all branches and levels of government, by denying blacks their civil rights and opportunities to participate in political, economic, and social communities.