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  1. simple past tense and past participle of racialize


racialized (comparative more racialized, superlative most racialized)

  1. Connected to race or a specific race.
    • 2000, Eithne Luibheid, Racialized Immigrant Women's Sexualities, page 148:
      Writing on African Americans, Abdul Jan Mohamed suggests that "Whereas bourgeois sexuality is a product of an empiricist, analytic, and proliferating discursivity, racialized sexuality is the product of a stereotypic, symbolizing , and condensing discursivity; the former is driven by a will to knowledge, the latter by both a will to conceal its mechanisms and its own will to power".
    • 2002, American Anthologist, page 768:
      Yet even seemingly secular colonial notions such as that of “a civilizing mission" —or its more racialized version, “the white man's burden" — or the 19th-century U.S. conviction of a "manifest destiny" have deep religious roots.
    • 2010, C. Richard King; Carman R. Lugo-Lugo; Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo, Animating Difference[2], →ISBN, page 40:
      His [Oscar from Shark Tale] blackness is found not only in his accent and place of residence, but also in his mannerisms, behavior, and jewelry (that is, "bling"), which are highly racialized signifiers.
    • 2008, Sarah E. Stockwell, The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives, page 240:
      Meaney demonstrates that in Australia, too, a prior emphasis on settler rights and constitutional principles gave way to a more racialized conception of Britishness from roughly mid-century.
    • 2017 April, Marc A. Hertzman, “Fatal Differences: Suicide, Race, and Forced Labor in the Americas”, in The American Historical Review[3], volume 122, number 2, page 323:
      That murkiness is important: some racialized ideas about suicide become so successfully naturalized that their origins seem to come from everywhere and nowhere. Today, some foundational assumptions live on intact (for example, the idea that native people "preferred" suicide), []
  2. Influenced or determined by race.
    • 1905, Denton J. Snider, Feeling Psychologically Treated, and Prolegomena to Psychology[4], St. Louis: Sigma Publishing, page 93:
      Thus somatic Feeling is not only racialized, but individualized, and moreover diversified in every individual, and according to successive Periods of Life.
    • 2001, William F. Pinar, The Gender of Racial Politics and Violence in America, page 274:
      [] tone and content of the discourse of manifest destiny shifted during the first half of the nineteenth century, becoming more racialized as the century progressed, as whites, especially white men, imagined themselves increasingly besieged by the sexualized presence and political aggressiveness of non-"anglo-Saxon" peoples, among them African Americans and "waves" of eastern and southern European immigrants (Haynes 1998).
    • 2003, Todd Samuel Zalek Presner, The Aesthetics of Regeneration, page 46:
      In the conclusion of his book, this insistence on redeeming the Volkstümlichkeit definitely took on more violent, more apocalyptic, and more racialized forms, which certainly call to mind early formulations of dubious “Blut und Boden" ideologies.
    • 2003, Working Paper Series - Issues 9751-9760, page 7:
      At older ages, the system became more racialized, as the proportion of free black children serving under indenture was generally two to four times or more that of whites.
  3. Divided and segregated along the boundaries of race.
    • 2003, Dave Gilbert, James Reese Europe, page 16:
      In a culture that was becoming increasingly more racialized, as music and entertainment industries were insisting on racial difference, Europe had to be true to the “spirit of a race” while creating a type of music that could appeal to a refined and "proper" white audience.
    • 2008, Bronwen Douglas, ‎Chris Ballard, Foreign Bodies: Oceania and the Science of Race 1750-1940, page 133:
      Though he consistently avoided systematic taxonomy of the human populations of Oceania, Prichard's division into classes became steadily more racialized.
    • 2009, Zeus Leonardo, Race, Whiteness, and Education, page 38:
      South Africa is not more racialized than China; Sweden is not less racialized than the United States.
    • 1911 September 23, “Science”, in The Athnæum, number 4378, page 362:
      That crystallized into a hard-and-fast creed, or into a sect within a creed, religion may easily become racialized, he [Rhys Davids] was fully ready to admit. But he believed that, as an instinct deep-rooted in the human heart, religion transcended the barriers of race, []
    • 2016, Michael Tesler, Post-Racial or Most-Racial?: Race and Politics in the Obama Era, page 42:
      Or maybe public opinion became more racialized because the economic downturn pitted social groups against one another for scarce resources.
  4. Othered; of color; considered as having a race, as contrasted with white people when considered as not having a race.[1]
    • 2016 Summer, Tesla Schaeffer, “Readers Would Seek Grief: Dionne Brand's thirsty and the Textual Legibility of Trauma”, in Journal of Modern Literature, volume 39, number 4:
      This means that by disallowing legitimate claims to recognize and address issues of racism that impact the daily lives of Blacks and other racialized groups, an important and essential aspect of Black humanity and existence was also banished
    • 2009, Racialized Migrant Women in Canada, page 5:
      In the 1980s racialized activists and scholars began the process of filling in the missing accounts of their lives and communities in Canadian histories (Bannerji 1987; Bristow 1994; Burnet 1986).
    • 2015, Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories:
      Though still a numeric minority, more racialized women continue to make inroads into the academy as students, professors, and researchers.


  1. ^ Janet E. Mosher (2009), “The Complicity of the State in the Intimate Abuse of Immigrant Women”, in Vijay Agnew, editor, Racialized Migrant Women in Canada[1], →ISBN, page 65:
    I use the term 'racialized' to denote the widespread practice in which a socially constructed 'race' is ascribed to those who are identified as 'non-white' and in which those who are 'white' are assumed not to have a 'race', or whose 'race' is assumed to be the norm or the referent point against which all others are ascribed deviant status.