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What is white privilege, really?


10 Things you should know about white privilege


The Bias of ‘Professionalism’ Standards


White Supremacy Culture


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism


Paying Attention to White Culture and Privilege: A Missing Link to Advancing Racial Equity


Robin DiAngelo: How 'white fragility' supports racism and how whites can stop it


Disarming Racial Microaggressions: Microintervention Strategies for Targets, White Allies, and Bystanders


Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism


How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them [TED talk]


Racial Microaggressions Are Real. Here’s How to Navigate Them


How to Respond to Racial Microaggressions When They Occur



Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry


What the Racial Data Show:The pandemic seems to be hitting people of color the hardest.


What Would It Take to Reduce Inequities in Healthy Life Expectancy?


Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity


Inequity and Health


Minority Population Health Profiles


In Focus: Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Care by Confronting Racism


Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19


Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities


Racial Equity Tools


14 Black Activists and Authors Providing Crucial Insight Into Racial Justice in the US




Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston


Being Antiracist


Western Mass Showing Up for Racial Justice




On Being Comfortable with Discomfort: Tiffany Jewell Explains What It Means To Be Anti-Racist


White allies: Here's a basic list of do's and don'ts to help you with your helplessness


75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice


An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing the LGBTQ Community

Key Terms Defined

Anti-Racist: Someone who opposes and actively fights against racism. (Source)

BIPOC: An acronym that stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color

Colonialism: Domination of a people or area by a foreign state or nation; the practice of extending and maintaining  a nation's political and economic control over another people or area. (Source)

Implicit Bias: Attitudes towards or stereotypes associated with people that exist without our conscious knowledge (Source)

Intersectionality: The idea that individuals are shaped by and identify with a vast array of cultural, structural, sociobiological, economic, and social contexts. (Source)

Micro aggressions: The everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. (Source)

People of Color: A term generally used to describe anyone who is not white. The term encompasses all people who experience systemic racism. However, when able, it is best to refer to people by their individual identities, rather than referring to them as a group, which can sometimes be dehumanizing and invalidate individual experiences. (Source)

Racism: A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race (Source)

Restorative Justice: A theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior (Source)

Social Justice: Fair treatment of all people in a society, including respect for the rights of minorities and equitable distribution of resources among members of a community. (Source)

Systemic Racism (Also known as institutional racism): Policies and practices that exist throughout a whole society or organization, and that result in and support a continued unfair advantage to some people and unfair and harmful treatment of others based on race. (Source)

White Fragility: The tendency among members of the dominant white cultural group to have a defensive, wounded, angry, or dismissive response to evidence of racism. (Source)

White Privilege: The unearned and mostly unacknowledged societal advantage that members of the dominant white racial group have and members of nonwhite groups do not, separate but compounding with wealth, income, class, education, and other demographic factors that form individua identities. (Source)

White Supremacy: The belief, theory, or doctrine that white people are inherently superior to people from all other racial and ethnic groups, especially Black people, and are therefore rightfully the dominant group in any society. (Source)