Systemic Racism creates disparities in many success indicators, including wealth, the criminal justice system, employment, housing, health care, politics and education.
Here are examples of Systemic Racism:
- “Biological Racism refers to the idea that the races are biologically different and that some races are superior to others in intelligence and moral characteristics”. [i]
“Biological Racism was most popular in the United States in the 1920’s when I.Q. (intelligence quotient) tests were first developed”. [ii]
- Educational Racism
Public schooling funding is the responsibility of the states. Local school districts are required to make up the difference, through property taxes. Property values vary from state to state; from school district to district, with varied tax revenues.
“The United States created an unequal educational system, based on a confluence of factors, including Jim Crow legislation in the South, the rise of residential segregation in northern states, and the limited role of the federal government in funding and overseeing public education. Funding for school districts in racially segregated neighborhoods are often discretionary line items, from the budgets of mayors and governors, thereby putting public K-12 schools in completion with other discretionary spending”.[iii]
[i] Roediger, David R. (1991) The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (Revised edition) Verso, 1999
[ii] Binet, Alfred Stern, William. Biological Racism. (2021). Accessed 14 April 21. http://freecontent.abc-clio.com/ContentPages/contentpage.aspx?entryid=2006787¤tSection=2006793&productid=2006784
[iii] Source – Interview with Dean Gregory Anderson, Temple University College of Education https://news.temple.edu/news/2020-06-25/systemic-racism-has-led-education-disparities
Social Justice Committee: Joyce Hadley, ASBS Chairperson; Sr. Jean Olmstead, SBS Leadership; Hilda Wiltz, ASBS; Kathy and Gary Scott ASBS; Madeline Tymes, ASBS; Ernest Tymes, ASBS; Sr. Consolata Beecher, SBS; Sr. Geraldine Mikulec, SBS; Sr. Patricia Rogan,SBS; Sr. Patricia Downs, SBS