DAY 20
Structural racism is the silent opportunity killer. It is the blind interaction between institutions, policies, and practices that inevitably perpetuates barriers to opportunities and racial disparities. Conscious and unconscious racism continues to exist in our society. But structural racism feeds on the unconscious. Public and private institutions and individuals each build a wall. They do not necessarily build the wall to hurt people of color, but one wall is joined by another until they construct a labyrinth from which few can escape. They have walled in whole communities.

Center for Social Inclusion

STRUCTURAL RACISM: A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time. Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead, it has been a feature of the social, economic and political systems in which we all exist. 
Interrupting and Dismantling Racism
(60 Minute Read)

This article provides a toolkit to gather perspectives and conversation points to have effective dialogue surrounding race both in and outside of the workplace.
How to Resolve Racially Stressful Situations
Description from TEDx: If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we’re going to need the skills to openly express ourselves in racially stressful situations. Through racial literacy - - the ability to read, recast, and resolve these situations - - psychologist Howard C. Stevenson helps children and parents reduce and manage stress and trauma. In this inspiring, quietly awesome talk, learn more about how this approach to decoding racial threat can help youth build confidence and stand up for themselves in productive ways
A series of articles on racism authored by UNM faculty

List of stories included in Racism: An Educational Series. The series began on June 19 with the piece Learning from the Past: A brief historical background and concluded with Racism: An Educational Series on the 57th anniversary of The March in Washington and the I Have a Dream speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.​
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