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Systemic Racism

What is Systemic Racism?

According to the ASPEN Institute, a leading think tank of Humanistic studies, systemic racism (also considered institutional or structural racism) is a system that allows public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other social norms to perpetuate racial inequity. It identifies dimensions of history and culture that enable privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure. (Glossary for Understanding the Dismantling Structural Racism/Promoting Racial Equity Analysis)

Educational Video on Systemic Racism

To shed light on this topic, published an educational video illustrating the impact systemic racism has on Black families and families of color. 

"Systemic Racism Explained." YouTube, uploaded by Alex Cequea,, 16 Apr.


To learn more about the historic ties involving systemic racism, read the report “Systemic Inequality: Displacement, Exclusion, and Segregation”, published by the Center for American Progress, written by Danyelle Solomon, Connor Maxwell, and Abril Castro.

*JSTOR, a scholarly database, is providing readers free academic sources addressing racial injustice, police brutality, and disparities in the American economic and education system. Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus


Systemic Racism sources available in WCC Catalog: 

Library Special Collections: Extraordinary Women of Color: Dr. Olivia J. Hooker Interviewed by Theresa Murphy  

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