Laws and Policies

This section provides resources about the relationship of laws and policies to racial equity and inequity. The resources provide information about laws and policies with the explicit intent of advantaging groups allowed to be called white, and disadvantaging and, in some cases, dehumanizing and/or criminalizing, groups not allowed to be called white, as well as laws and policies with that impact if not that stated intent.  As an example of explicit intent, the documentary “Slavery by Another Name” shares that “after the failure of Reconstruction in 1877 and the removal of black men from political offices, Southern states enacted a series of laws….[that] penalized anyone attempting to leave a job before an advance had been worked off… vagrancy statutes made it a crime to be unemployed.” Examples of implicit intent include laws and policies including <a [...]

Discussion of Racist Laws and Legislation

History of Racialized/Racist Legislation

Reports of Laws and Policies


“Until we are all able to accept the interlocking nature of system of domination and recognize specific ways each system is maintained, we will continue to act in ways that undermine our individual quest for freedom and collective liberation struggle.”

~ bell hooks, “Love as the Practice of Freedom,” Outlaw Culture


Three Myths about Racism – Candis Watts Smith, TEDxPSU

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  • Overview and Timelines

  • Global History of Racism

  • Diaspora and Colonization

  • Resistance and Movements



Critical Race Theory



Internalized Racism


Racial Equity

Racial Identity Development Theory

Racial Justice

Settler Colonialism

Targeted Universalism

White Privilege

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