Posted on February 3, 2022

ADL Changes Its Definition of Racism Again, Calls It an ‘Interim Definition’

Ashe Schow, Daily Wire, February 3, 2022

The Anti-Defamation League, an international Jewish organization founding to combat anti-Semitism, has changed its definition of racism again.

The first definition change was noticed last week {snip} As The Daily Wire reported earlier this week, that definition read: “The marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.”

As noted by multiple commenters, with this new definition, it could be denied that the Holocaust had anything to do with race. On Wednesday, the ADL changed the definition again to what it describes as an “interim definition”: “Racism occurs when individuals or institutions show more favorable evaluation or treatment of an individual or group based on race or ethnicity.”

As Seth Mandel, executive editor of Washington Examiner Magazine noted on Twitter, the ADL’s definition of “systemic racism” still focuses on white privilege:

A combination of systems, institutions and factors that advantage white people and for people of color, cause widespread harm and disadvantages in access and opportunity. One person or even one group of people did not create systemic racism, rather it: (1) is grounded in the history of our laws and institutions which were created on a foundation of white supremacy;* (2) exists in the institutions and policies that advantage white people and disadvantage people of color; and (3) takes places [sic] in interpersonal communication and behavior (e.g., slurs, bullying, offensive language) that maintains and supports systemic inequities and systemic racism.


Prior to the definition change that occurred in July 2020, the ADL’s definition for racism read:

Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics. {snip}