I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.Champion of the civil rights movement
To go any further into the challenge, it is critical to acknowledge that racism is present across many levels. Oftentimes, when we discuss or acknowledge racism, we do so at an interpersonal level. Only seeing this level means that we fail to see the full picture that keeps the system of racism in place. However, racism exists in several levels: internalized, interpersonal, institutional and structural. Today we will break down each of these levels to better understand how racism is perpetuated in our society.
Read this article describing “5 Examples of Institutional Racism in the United States.” (6 minutes)
Read this post for an overview of the four levels of racism and the need for a systemic approach to seeing and addressing opportunities. (4 minutes)
Watch “What is Internalized Racism?” to better understand how this level of racism works. (11 minutes)
Watch this short video about the levels of racism and the importance of looking at systemic — not only individual — racism. (4 minutes)
Watch Dr. Camara Jones’ TED Talk in which she shares four short stories to help us understand privilege and racism. (20 minutes)