Definitions of Racism Decoded
“It is incumbent on our individual development, not our governments, to recognize that the inferences we make about people based on their appearances are often wrong, and that they are invoked from our own insecure mental projections anyway. We make assumptions and value judgements all day every day naturally, but it is true that we miss out and only hurt ourselves when we’re wrong. Learning to empathize and withhold our unfounded biases are also marked advantages in life.”
~ Scott Dollar, Discrimination is Manufactured, from the blog Life in Fantasy Camp
A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time. Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead it has been a feature of the social, economic and political systems in which we all exist.