You can not attribute characteristics to whole groups of people, its the very definition of racism.
Yes you can - and you're conflating for the second part - there is no such strict definition as you'd like to say there, probably quoting wikipedia.
Some races or groups of people do have certain attributes or characteristics. It's not racist to point that out, if such arributes or characteristics are definitely related to the race or ethnicity.
It's racism, when you then use such differences in a way that seeks to marginalise, or differentiate in a way that either diminishes groups or elevates other groups.
Merely pointing out differences, though, that may or may not be aligned to certain races or ethnicities is not racist. That's just conflation and an overreaction.
definition was from Oxford dictionary, with emphasis on the "especially" it would suggest that simply to differentiate is enough for it to constitute racism.
but im listening, I would like to hear examples of these racial characteristics and attributes.
again history makes me question the motives of the Op and the need to post his musings on here, when google can sate any genuine curiosity
I don't care what you think the OED "suggests" - simply pointing out that there may be attributes or characteristics that differs with race or ethnicity is simply not racism - at least not necessarily, and it doesn't define racism.
Inventing character traits, attributes or characteristics, or using them as a negative, quite possibly is.
As to examples, it wouldn't be racist to point out that people of certain races or ethnicities have tendencies towards certain physical attributes (eg hair colour, eye pigmentation) - or the opposite, may tend to have an absence of some of these attributes (eg again, hair colour, eye pigmentation). There's nothing, whatsoever, racist about stating such things as facts (so long as they are largely facts).
Your differences with another forum member, who you'd clearly like to foist an agenda, notwithstanding, there's nothing racist of me pointing out that some of what you've written is complete and utter guff.
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