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Systemic Racism


Milner Library supports the anti-racist, anti-fascist activism driven into the national conversation by the Black Lives Matter movement. We built this guide to assist with the research needs of those interested in systemic racism issues and how they impact BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. Our intent is to promote awareness on the widespread injustices of systemic racism and inspire those on the ISU campus to take action in dismantling systems of oppression (some examples are working within the community to end income inequality, healthcare discrimination, unequal representation in government, and mass incarceration).

The resources highlighted on this guide are meant to function as a starting point, as well as an introduction to queer; disability; intersectionality frameworks and feminist; critical theories. It is important to recognize the value, and also the privilege, of educating one's self about systemic racism and systems of oppression while acknowledging that these systems positively and negatively impact groups of people. In this guide you can find:

Systemic Racism

Black Lives Matter

Systemic racism, also referred to as structural racism, "refers to the totality of ways in which societies foster racial discrimination through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, education, employment, earnings, benefits, credit, media, health care, and criminal justice" (para 1).

To be anti-racist is to, "[oppose] racism/white supremacy in all forms  even the racism that exists  within  you  and  the  forms  you  perpetuate  with  your  behaviors," and to "[identify]  the root  causes  of   racism  and  putting  an  end  to  them" (p. 3).

Sampling of What You Will Find in This Guide

Infographics and Quick Visual Snapshots

employment population ratio by race ethnicity


 Book cover for  Killing the black body : race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty by Dorothy E. RobertsBook cover for  Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America by Ibram X. KendiBook cover for  Subprime health : debt and race in U.S. medicine by Nadine EhlersBook cover for  The color of law : a forgotten history of how our government segregated America by Richard RothsteinBook cover for  "Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" : and other conversations about race by Beverly Daniel TatumBook cover for Law enforcement in the age of black lives matter : policing black and brown bodies by Sandra Ellen Weissinger

Journal Articles

Documentaries and Other Media

Advocacy Information

Curricular Materials

Anti-Racism Toolkit: Curricula

Resources in the toolkit are divided into three sections: a) Structural Causes of Racism and Inequity, b) Teaching Cultural Competence, and c) Teaching and Addressing Privilege. Authored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

Black Minds Matter Syllabus and Course Introduction

Black Minds Matter was designed as a free, public course to draw parallels between the violence facing Black Lives in policing and the symbolic violence facing Black Minds in schools, colleges, and universities. Designed and authored by Dr. J. Luke Wood. 

Circles of My Multicultural Self

The Circles activity engages participants in a process of identifying what they consider to be the most important dimensions of their own identities. Stereotypes are examined as participants share stories about when they were proud to be part of a particular group and when it was especially hurtful to be associated with a particular group. An EdChange project by Paul C. Gorski.

Other Web Resources

Diversity Advocacy at Illinois State University

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