racism of low expectations

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from "the soft bigotry of low expectations", attributed to US speechwriter Michael Gerson.

Noun[edit]

racism of low expectations (uncountable)

  1. A form of racial discrimination where certain racial groups are offered benefits and assistance because of an implicit belief that they are less able to cope in society without them.
    • 2010, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations:
      The West tends to respond to the social failures of Muslim immigrants with what can be called the racism of low expectations. This Western attitude is based on the idea that people of color must be exempted from “normal” standards of behavior.
    • 2014, Nicola Rollock, David Gillborn, Carol Vincent, The Colour of Class
      The presence of just one positive, supportive teacher who pays attention, has high expectations and nurtures a child can have a remarkable impact, even amid the routine racism of low expectations and heightened surveillance faced by Black children in contemporary schools and society.
    • 2014, Lauren Joichin Nile, RACE: My Story & Humanity's Bottom Line (page 102)
      The pain and suffering that racism, including the unconscious and thus insidious racism of low expectations has historically caused and continues to cause, in the lives of Americans of Color []