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Anti-Racism Resources

What is Anti-Racism?

"Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing system, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably."  (NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity)

Anti-racism is an active way of seeing and being in the world, in order to transform it. 

A person who practices anti-racism is some who works to become aware of:

  • How racism affects the lived experiences of people of color and Indigenous people;
  • How racism is systemic and has been part of many foundational aspects of society;
  • How racism can be manifested in both individual attitudes and behaviors as well as formal and informal policies and practices within institutions;
  • How white people participate, often unknowingly, in racism. (from: ACLRC: Anti-Racism Defined)

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What is Racism?

Race does not biologically exist. Yet how we identify and experience race is so powerful it influences our experiences and shapes our lives. Historically, racist views justified the unfair treatment and oppression of people of color (from slavery to segregation, forced migration and internment). In a society that continues to privilege white people and whiteness, racist ideas and representation are considered normal throughout our media, culture, social systems and institution. 

It's easy to believe that racism is primarily about individual mindsets and actions. While individual choices are damaging, racist ideas in policy have a wide-spread impact by threatening equity of our systems and fairness in our institutions. Racism takes different forms that often work in tandem to reinforce racist ideas, behavior, and policy. Types of racism include:

  • Individual racism:The beliefs, attitudes, and actions of individuals that support or perpetuate racism in conscious and unconscious ways;
  • Interpersonal racism: Public expressions of racism that occur between individuals. This can include slurs, biases, and hateful words and actions;
  • Institutional racism: Discriminatory treatment, unfair policies, or biased practices that occur within an organization that result in inequitable outcomes for whites over people of color;
  • Structural racism: Systems that give privileges to white people resulting in disadvantages to people of color. This is the overarching system of racial bias across institutions, society, and individuals. 

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The Difference Between being Not Racist and Anti-Racist