Levels of Racism

Posted on October 30th, 2020 by lbrown
Did you know that yesterday marked Latina equal pay day?  More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, Latinas typically earn only 55 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men and must work nearly 23 months to earn what white men earn in 12.  In today’s resources, deepen your understanding of different types of racism including internalized racism, interpersonal racism, institutional racism, and structural racism.

The most common understanding of racism in our country is limited to the interpersonal level of racism—the personal prejudice and intentional bias in our individual interactions across different races. A different and emerging explanation of racism contends that interpersonal racism is actually a symptom of a more fundamental system of racism—an array of cultural norms and institutional policies and practices that routinely produce racially inequitable outcomes, often without individual intent or malice.
Change requires an awareness of the levels of racism, and a collective will to address people, organizations, and systems to break down barriers that have been built over hundreds of years.
Check out the resources, self-reflection, and ways to get involved below to be a part of affecting this change.
Option 1: Read more about the Four Levels of Racism from Race Forward
Option 2: Watch this “Systemic Racism Explained” from Act.TV
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Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:
  • Were the definitions offered consistent with what you understood them to mean? How did they differ? What haven’t you previously considered?
  • How do you see internalized racism impacting you personally?
Ways to Get Involved:
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