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Institutional racism

“Institutional racism is that which, covertly or overtly, resides in the policies, procedures, operations and culture of public or private institutions – reinforcing individual prejudices and being reinforced by them in turn.”  It’s been over 20 years since The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry which was chaired by Sir William Macpherson. During that time, Macpherson made 70 …

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Microaggression

“Almost 2/3 of women face everyday sexism and racism—known as microaggressions—at work” According to Lean In, 64% of women have felt microaggressions within the workplace. Originally coined in the 1970s by Chester M. Pierce, a Harvard psychiatrist, Microaggressions can come in many forms. Broken down, the term refers to everyday discrimination which is fuelled by disrespecting …

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The Cycle of Socialization: we are not born racist

“Nobody’s born racist; we all found it.” Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi punk rock musician turned American author, public speaker and founder of the Free Radicals Project categorises racism as a form of learning which derives from fear, prejudice and hate. In a 2017 Ted Talk, Picciolini talks about his experience of being recruited by …

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Privilege

Privilege, what is privilege? Where does privilege come from? How does it formulate and how does one use it? Prof. Michael Kimmel famously said, “privilege is invisible to those who have it”. In his 2009 paper, J.Beal described privilege as unearned advantages you have that others don’t have. Due to our identity and how these identities …

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