Discussions about racism are challenging when we have differing language, experiences, and definitions for understanding what’s at the root. For purposes of this site, we use the term “racism” to mean prejudice plus power to emphasize the mechanisms by which racism leads to different consequences for different groups. The relationship and behavior of these interdependent elements have allowed racism to continue, generation after generation. The power of structural racism perpetuates, even in the absence of explicit racist actors, by inherently promoting advantages for white people and disadvantages for people of color, with consequences that have interpersonal, cultural, and institutional manifestations.
Resources in this section offer different ways to understand interpersonal, cultural, and institutional racism. Structural racism is described in the next section [...]
“There is power in naming racism for what it is, in shining a bright light on it, brighter than any torch or flashlight. A thing as simple as naming it allows us to root it out of the darkness and hushed conversation where it likes to breed like roaches. It makes us acknowledge it. Confront it.”
~ Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award Winner for Fiction (2011)
Systemic Racism Explained – act.tv
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