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Rutgers-Camden Anti-Racism Book Study (Fall 2020): So You Want to Talk About Race: Chapter 2

Chapter 2 - What is racism?

Systemic Racism

There are many definitions of racism, but it is particularly important to understand that racism is racial prejudice backed up by power. The online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines racism as "the systemic oppression of a racial group to the social, economic, and political advantage of another."

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Oluo employs the following definition of racism: "any prejudice against someone because of their race, when those views are reinforced by systems of power." The resources below address systemic racism and oppression.

Systemic Racism Explained (Animation)

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