This page relies heavily on the document Dimensions of Racism available for download below. It was written by The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2003; in which the interworkings of systemic racism are defined and discussed. Systemic racism exists within the very structures and way our society functions and is described furtherbelow.
When defining what race it is important to remember is that it is a social construct. In other words, we made it up. So while I could define the few categories of "race", I rather point out that before the 18th century race, as the construct we know it today, didn't even exist. Don't believe me? Take it from Britannica . Need a different perspective? in Dimensions of Race they write "It is incorrect to speak of races on grounds of biology or genetics." Interested in the exact science? Look into cheddarman and how his discovery proves the theory that race doesn't really exist.
According to Professor James M. Jones there are three major types of racism: personally mediated, internalized, and institutionalized
According to Patricia Bidol in her book Developing New Perspectives on Race (1970)
organizational racism: “the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin (Dimensions of Racism)
System Racism is present in the workplace, in education, in health care and in the courts. It is to be found in the media and the Internet. It is imbued in how majorities see and treat ethnic minorities, immigrants and asylum-seekers. It is often present in the stereotypes. It can represent additional discrimination and suffering for women or those living with HIV/AIDS. (Dimensions of Racism). Systemic racism is defined by the structrues and paradigmes that maintain the oppresion of melanated people
First whiteness was established separate from ethnicity. This was to combat against uprisings like Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831. Then after slavery was abolished racialization was quickly recaptured via Jim Crow. According to Teresa J.Guess "African-descended Americans learned the normative rules of ‘racial etiquette'" which today we call codeswitching. The system has thence been perpetuated to current day. Read more about it here.
According the the New York Times this is a myth perpetuated by groups/people with a specific malicious intent. Groups like the Irish were indentured servants (upon the establishment of the colonies). This practice involved a contract (which inherently involves consent) whereas slavery is maintained by violence.
According to Fredrick Douglass in his autobiography, " The irish, who, at home, readily sympathize with the oppressed everwhere, are instantly taught when they step upon our soil to hate and despise the negro. They are taught to believe that we eats the bread that belongs to him."
Here we find that the American social caste system has been based on skin tone not just socioeconomic status, for a long time.
Racism is pervasive in police stations, courtrooms, prisons and places of detention for BlPOC, asylum-seekers and irregular migrants worldwide. If you look hard enough you'll find it about everywhere.
If racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and all related forms of intolerance still persist in daily life, it follows that they will inevitably be reproduced in a country’s legal and judicial systems. (Dimensions of Racism)
The fight against racism begins with being informed (Dimensions of Racism). To fix systemic racism we must address exactly what race is and then move toward a post-racial society by fighting economic inequality, eco feminism to the rescue. Click Here to contiue your journey toward allyship in the fight against racism.
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Solidarity will always be the answer, stand with us when we protest. Stand with us when we need housing in your neighborhood. Stand with us when we demand reparations, land back, and systems that care.
Patriarchal social structures continue to reinforce all forms of discrimination against women (Dimensions of Racism)
Challenging the racial framework
Why the social construction of whiteness means we need to dispel the myth of race
Taking the power back by taking the language back.
Do we really have a meritocracy?
Where Do We Go From Here?
We must talk about race to fix economic inequality.
Listen to this personal story about getting to the root of racial injustice.
This one is super important in everyone's journey in confronting bias.
Valerie Alexander explains how to confront your implicit bias on a daily basis.
Raise your hand if you know what code switching is!
Wichita this one is for you.
What is the difference between sex and gender?
If you have asked yourself what diversity in the classroom could look like listen to Jamila Lyiscott.
Microaggressions happen everyday and anyone can be the perpetrator or the victim of them. According to Tiffany Alvoid here are some examples:
I can attest to microaggressions being endlessly annoying, honestly they make you feel like there is something wrong with yourself.
A common microaggression is asking to touch Black (and Brown) people's hair/bodies, particularly if you don't know the person well.
I related to this woman on so many levels.
The victors write history. Where do the narratives you have learned come from?
P.S. He said "young radical black women who don't take any stuff from anybody are very scary" I feel called out.
Anyssa Bohanan talks about what it's like to be the only black person in the room. She continue to describe her feelings about police brutality in recent news. Anyssa knows all about white fragility.
Andrew Yang warns about the fourth industrial revolution In his book The War on Normal People he advocates for a universal wage to offset the job loss caused by automation and technology.
Fixing systemic racism is combating economic inequality. We need all hands on board to end racism and save our planet.
A system that disadvantages Black and Brown people disproportionately is systemically racist. What many people don't realize is that this has negative consequences for everyone. #smashthepatriarchy
Barbara-Shae Jackson talks representation in art and media and the white-lash that sometimes comes when representation is present.
This video briefly covers what whitewashing has historically looked like as it pertains to indigenous people.
People of lower socio-economic status are more likely to be audited.
Trevor Noah talks about bias as it relates to police calls and police reactions.
John Oliver explains how the right wing media controls the narrative.
I wonder why this was such a huge deal? Remember to think intersectionally!
George Carlin on division
Jane Elliot is a lifetime activist that believes that all white people are racist.
Willie Lynch said that dividing people with fear and by separating them by age was how you controlled them. Instead let's understand social paradigm shifts for what they are.
George Carlin again in conclusion.
What is a Renaissance?