Ethnicity and anti-racism

Systemic racism, othering, and alienation by Yvonne Aburrow
The first step to rectifying the situation is to acknowledge the endemic racism in the system. We need to stop seeing a specific group of people as being of less worth than other people. We need to stop being frightened of people who dress differently, walk differently, or talk differently.

Black Lives Matter by Yvonne Aburrow
The thing about equality is that it is not enough to say, in a vague and woolly manner, that you support equality for everyone, or that “all lives matter”. Specific groups of people are being persecuted and killed in specific contexts, and there is a particular historical context for that persecution.

Shades of racism by Yvonne Aburrow
We are all immersed in the racist discourse and systemic racism that is endemic in our society. Even the most progressive people occasionally come out with some crass comment (I’ve done it myself). Even the most progressive people are, however unwillingly, complicit in the way society denies basic rights to people of colour.  However, there are different levels or degrees of racism.

A recent sociological study has shown that white people become less racist when they live in ethnically diverse areas, which is a very encouraging finding.

With our thoughts we make the world by Yvonne Aburrow
Religious and spiritual ideas do not exist in a vacuum. They are intimately connected with politics. What you believe about how your religious group should be organised, and how ideas and information are verified and validated, and who gets to have authority and why, inevitably spill over into your ideas about how society as a whole should be organised.

Understanding systemic racism


  • Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism - Robin DiAngelo, Huffington Post, April 2015.
    "Social scientists understand racism as a multidimensional and highly adaptive system — a system that ensures an unequal distribution of resources between racial groups. Because whites built and dominate all significant institutions, (often at the expense of and on the uncompensated labor of other groups), their interests are embedded in the foundation of U.S. society. While individual whites may be against racism, they still benefit from the distribution of resources controlled by their group."


  • The Case for Reparations - Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, June 2014.
    "Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole."
  • American Slavery, Reinvented -  Whitney Benns, The Atlantic, September 2015
    The Thirteenth Amendment forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”
  • The Counted - The Guardian
    A Guardian investigation revealed the true number of people killed by law enforcement, told the stories of who they were, and established the trends in how they died.
  • For Black Americans, The Great Depression Never Ended - Aaron Ross Coleman, Medium. September 2016.
    “The worst of the unemployment rate in the United States was during the Great Depression. It was 25 percent — that lasted for a couple of years,” Goldstein said. “For young, male African Americans it has been 25 percent or higher for two decades, so in some communities, it’s as if they have been in a Great Depression for decades.”


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