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Truxal Library Special Topic Guide: Black Lives Matter, Fall 2020

What are racism, systemic racism, white privilege, and implicit bias?

Definitions

  • Racism: A belief that one’s own racial or ethnic group is superior, or that other such groups represent a threat to one's cultural identity, racial integrity, or economic well-being (Oxford English Dictionary) 
     
  • Systemic Racism: Social policies and practices that create barriers for people of color and contribute to inequalities between racial groups (Gale in Context Opposing Viewpoints)—the definition is being in the process of redefined by Oxford and Webster English dictionary, and many other institutions 
     
  • White Privilege: Inherent advantages possessed by a white person on the basis of their race in a society characterized by racial inequality and injustice (Oxford Language Dictionary) 
     
  • Implicit Bias: Bias that results from the tendency to process information based on unconscious associations and feelings, even when these are contrary to one’s conscious or declared beliefs (dictionary.com)
What is racism?
What is the history of the Black Lives Matter movement?
What are the facts about police brutality and African Americans?
Why not
How to educate people about racism and social justice?

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