Day 3, April 23: Levels of Racism
When talking about racial identity, what follows can be a system that benefits people with a specific racial identity. People often hear the words "institutionalized racism" and "systemic racism," but do not realize how these layers are entrenched in society. 

The tools below may help.

  • Article: This piece presents a framework for understanding racism on three different levels.

  • Video: Systemic racism affects every area of life in the U.S., from incarceration rates to predatory loans. This engaging, four-minute video shows how solving these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. 

  • Spotlight on an opportunity: Housing is one system that has historically been racialized. Open Communities is hosting a History of Fair Housing & Reparations event on April 29. Register here.

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