The Anti-Defamation League has revised its definition of racism

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Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), announced the decision in an essay published this week, saying the organization’s definition was incomplete, “ineffective and therefore unacceptable”.

“In all honesty, as I re-read it last week, I was struck by the fact that it didn’t even address my own family’s experience with the racism they faced as Jews in the Middle East,” Greenblatt wrote.

As of 2020, the ADL described racism as “the marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.”

This definition, Greenblatt wrote in his essay, has been revised in an effort to recognize systemic racism and the impact of white supremacy on people of color.

But Greenblatt said the definition was “so narrow” because the group and its founders believe no one should be “persecuted, belittled or discriminated against because of their identity”, which encompasses faith, race, gender, religion. orientation, national origin and more. .

As of Friday, the group’s new “provisional” definition states that racism “occurs when individuals or institutions show a more favorable evaluation or treatment of an individual or group based on their race or ethnicity. “.

Greenblatt said the ADL will continue to review its definition of racism as well as other words and phrases on the group’s website.

Jake Hyman, spokesperson for the ADL, told CNN on Friday that this was the second time the group has revised its definition of racism in the past five years.

The change came after some people raised concerns about the ADL’s definition of racism as Greenblatt condemned remarks made by Goldberg earlier this week, which falsely stated that the Holocaust was “not about race”.

“There is no doubt that the Holocaust was about race. That is how the Nazis saw it as they perpetrated the systematic annihilation of the Jewish people across continents, across countries, with deliberate and ruthless cruelty,” he said in an interview Tuesday on “The View.” .”

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