Racism in America –

How we identify with race is powerful. It influences our experiences and shapes our lives.

The unfair treatment and oppression of people of color have always been justified and fueled by Racism.

Racism is not only about individual mindsets and actions, but racist policies also contribute to the daily persecutions of black & brown people in America. Racist ideas in policy threaten the equity of our systems and the fairness of our institutions.

To create an equal society, we must commit to making unbiased choices and being antiracist in all aspects of our lives.

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist”.- Angela Davis.

Being racist or antiracist is not about who you are; it is about what you do. We all know right from wrong, good from the bad. No one is born a Racist, Racism is learned –

Racism is not just cruel it is unjust. We all have a duty in creating change. Change comes from education & education starts from home. Knowledge of the history and the impact of racism is essential for understanding and change. It can be the spark that ignites action against racism.

At home and school lies a critical role in developing young minds, building relationships between people of different backgrounds, and creating a socially just civil society.

Racism goes beyond color, it transcends gender, religion, status and cultural differences & as with other types of abuse, by speaking up when we witness Racism we can all help to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

When we speak up to anything it is a strong sign of support and it can be effective in making a perpetrator think twice about their actions.

All members of our community deserve to be treated fairly and to feel safe and respected.

I ask for us to reflect on our attitudes, to overcome our own prejudices and to challenge discrimination and racism in all forms with the belief the end result will be greater understanding and commitment to ending the evil of racism individually, within our families, communities in America and worldwide.

“Tolerance is an act of humanity, which we must nurture and enact each in our own lives every day, to rejoice in the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.” —

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

In light of the racial unrest our country is experiencing I ask you to take one step more than just post about it. It goes beyond words, but deeds. Please join me in the “Say something” initiative by making a pledge in leaving your name and comment in an effort to demonstrate your support to the goal and principles of eliminating racism in American society.

The Say something initiative is a powerful expression of the impact of racism and the importance of speaking up. Whether it is Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, or Racism, Speaking up makes a difference!

By collecting the comments of supporters, I aim to demonstrate the strength of this initiative.
Pledge your support by entering your name and comment on the Pledge page.

** Comments will only be published on this website & offensive or racist comments will Not be published.

Below is a list of resources to help educate and raise awareness about Racism so that we can gain knowledge, understanding, and tolerance.

Anti Racism Resources

http://www.racialequityresourceguide.org/orgs/the-anti-racist-alliance

https://www.naswnyc.org/page/47

http://www.antiracistalliance.com/index.html

Some definitions and descriptions of Racism courtesy the Simmons University Library

Racism is prejudice plus power; anyone of any race can have/exhibit racial prejudice, but in North America, white people have the institutional power, therefore Racism is a systematized discrimination or antagonism directed against people of color based on the belief that whiteness is superior. It is insidious, systemic, devastating, and integral to understanding both the history of the United States and the everyday experiences of those of us living in this country.

Anti-Racism is strategies, theories, actions, and practices that challenge and counter racism, inequalities, prejudices, and discrimination based on race.

Racial Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults in relation to race. They are structurally based and invoke oppressive systems of racial hierarchy. Racial Microinvalidations, Microinsults, Microassaults are specific types of microaggressions.

White Privilege

In the U.S., white privilege is the lived experience of greater social/political access, representation and entitlement, and material and economic security that people considered white have as a result of white supremacy. It’s important to note that while many white people are oppressed on the basis of class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, culture, ethnicity, etc, it is still true that ALL white people benefit from white privilege in various ways.

Reverse Racism is a term created and used by white people to deny white privilege. Those in denial use the term “reverse racism” to refer to hostile behavior by people of color toward whites and to affirmative action policies that allegedly give ‘preferential treatment’ to people of color over whites. However, while people of color can certainly exhibit prejudice against white people, in North America that prejudice is not supported by a system of institutional power. And despite some public opinion to the contrary, studies show the largest group to benefit from affirmative action policies is white women.

White Fragility

White fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as tears, argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.

White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to…White Fragility.

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