Institutional racism is racism perpetrated by social and political institutions that have the power to affect large groups of people that belong to a racial group. It shows up in both formal and informal ways and in the systematic distribution of resources, power, and opportunity in our society. It is present in every corner of the U.S. and is maintained by institutions and public policies that privilege and protect whiteness.
To disrupt Institutional Racism, it is necessary to acknowledge its existence and make a commitment to racial equity. Kelly Bates wrote about the need for the work on racial equity to be about undoing as much as it is about “doing.” The internal cultural changes that need to happen in our organizations call for us to stay engaged, acknowledge what we don’t know, and consider a holistic approach.
Take a moment to review this graphic on how to become a multicultural, anti-racist organization.
- Think about your workplace; where is your organization on the continuum?
- Ideally, where would you like your organization to be?
- What would it take to get there and what are you willing to do to assist?
As you go about your daily life:
- How are your decisions at work, in the community, and at home supporting racial equity?
- In what ways can you use your own privilege to advance the eradication of systemic racism at MU?
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