State racism  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

State racism is a concept used by French philosopher Michel Foucault to designate the reappropriation of the historical and political discourse of "race struggle", in the late seventeenth century. It also refers to a type of institutional racism promoted by a government. Examples include Apartheid in South Africa, and racial segregation in the United States, as well as any systemic or community-based racism in local, state or federal law enforcement (see also racial profiling). Another example would be the pro-Bumiputra (literally 'sons of the soil/earth', a term to describe ethnic Malays) policies of the Malaysian government designed to benefit the majority ethnic Malays some would say at the expense of members of the other ethnic communities (e.g. Chinese, Indian and others) in Malaysia.

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