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Explainer: What is systemic racism and institutional racism

posted on 2020-07-07, 00:00 authored by Mary-Frances O'DowdMary-Frances O'Dowd
“Systemic racism”, or “institutional racism”, refers to how ideas of white superiority are captured in everyday thinking at a systems level: taking in the big picture of how society operates, rather than looking at one-on-one interactions. These systems can include laws and regulations, but also unquestioned social systems. Systemic racism can stem from education, hiring practices or access.


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