Internalized Racism

Donna Bivens provides this definition of internalized racism in her chapter from Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building on “What Is Internalized Racism?”: “As people of color are victimized by racism, we internalize it. That is, we develop ideas, beliefs, actions and behaviors that support or collude with racism. This internalized racism has its own systemic reality and its own negative consequences in the lives and communities of people of color. More than just a consequence of racism, then, internalized racism is a systemic oppression in reaction to racism that has a life of its own. In other words, just as there is a system in place that reinforces the power and expands the privilege of white people, there is a system in place that actively d [...]

Analysis of Internalized Racism and Oppressions

Core Concepts

Internalized Racial Superiority

Internalized Racism Within Communities of Color

Resources for People of Color


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Black Self / White World — Lessons on Internalized Racism – Jabari Lyles, TEDxTysonsSalon

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  • System of White Supremacy and White Privilege

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity

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Settler Colonialism

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White Privilege

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