@Natalie That would make the hatred of an individual no longer racism, as no government is involved. Therefore I find the definition, at the least, too narrow. At worst, it would not hold individuals responsible for their attiudes and statements.
@BasilDragonstrike I disagree, although I understand your perspective, I think. However, I believe that individual hatred can be/is state-sanctioned, state-created, and state-serving. Rather than removing responsibility from people, this definition acknowledges that "individuals" and "individual beliefs" are produced and created by complex social realities, and that internal anti-racism activity should/can never be entirely separate from wider social liberation.
@Natalie Government propaganda can certainly whip-up racism and other hatred-based isms, not all racism/sexism/etcism is created by governments, which Gilmore's definition denies. Individuals can change their behavior, and have done so.
To make governments the creator of individual behavior is the flip side of, and accepts and supports, the "bad guy" who blames her/his parents, neighborhood, "society", "Them", etc. for her/his actions.
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