Systematic Institutional Racism, By Gloria Yamato

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Just because! That’s the thought. Just because! That’s the reason. Just because! That’s the excuse for this privileged behavior. Those are the echoed statements of those who feel privilege enough to participate in this scheme to undermined, demoralize and constrain a group of people. When we take a step back and look at what we call "Systematic Institutional Racism" were speaking about people who cause or inflict judgment on a group of people just because of who they are. More specifically, as the educators of the Portland Communicate College defines this condition, "Institutional Oppression is the systematic mistreatment of people within a social identity group, supported and enforced by the society and its institutions, solely based …show more content…
Gloria Yamato in her article entitled, "Something about the subject makes it hard to name", calls out the white readers to look at their social status with a magnifying class and recognize what others see as "internalized racism". Yamota ties this thought to the conscious mind by creating three buckets or racism which are; Aware, Covert and Unaware racism (Yamato 2004). Aware racism assumes that the person is conditioned to believe that heshe has the privilege to publicly inflict there dominance because they are predestined to a higher level of humanity. Covert racism, much like aware racism, suggest similar results, but instead of being down right crazy in public the work to destroy a race or class will be done in the background unbeknownst to the target group. Then there is unaware racism, which Yamota believes that many of our white friends are just not aware of how their perceived privilege impacts others around them and in many ways because of this they are supportive of the problem. However, I believe that those all three work together like an engine which drives the car of Systematic Institutional …show more content…
How do you address this issue that is wide spread and deeply rooted into our social program. I believe the first step is to identify there is a problem publicly and recognizing that we need our white brothers and sisters to support the change. Woodson has said in "The Mis-Education of the Negro", that, "For the white man 's exploitation of the Negro through economic restriction and segregation the present system is sound and will doubtless continue until this gives place to a saner policy of actual interracial cooperation…". Woodson hit it on the head. We need help from those causing the problem. While simple in nature to start this process a solution can be only achieved possibly by attacking this with three approaches.

Public Service Announcement - public agreement that this is a problem and we need to address. Just like we did with cigarettes and cancer.

Corporate Sponsorship - we forced the corporate world to deal with diversity and inclusion and now they lead the way and far surpass our religious institutions. We need to make this part of their

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