Racism is not just overt acts of prejudice, bigotry, and hate. It is the systemic oppression of people based on ethnicity or skin color through a culture’s power structures, social institutions, and customs. Racism can be explicitly stated in a society’s laws, but it is also implicitly enforced in the stories it tells about itself and its history: which people can be beautiful, smart, and brave, and which are dangerous, dirty, or lazy. Everyday people unknowingly perpetuate racism through microaggressions: small, subtle, and socially learned behaviors like assuming someone of a different ethnicity was born in another country or viewing certain natural hair types as “dirty” or “unprofessional.” We can unintentionally inflict harm on others by not examining the assumptions we learn from growing up in a biased culture, but understanding how racism perpetuates itself is the first step in working toward healing its harm.

‘What I Know’: A Black Woman’s Words

“Being Black overrides everything for me. Nothing is as thunderous in my life as racism. It seems to eclipse everything. It’s the repetitiveness of it. And the fact that it comes from every corner and nook.”

How to Be a Witch Without Stealing other People's Cultures

Below the surface of the internet witch trend is a complex history of disenfranchised spiritualities that were first colonized and demonized, and now appropriated and whitewashed.

What MLK and Malcolm X Would Do Today

A conversation with historian Peniel Joseph.

The Fire This Time—The Legacy of James Baldwin

His work fell foul of civil-rights-era binary racial and sexual politics but, as a new film shows, now Baldwin’s ideas are used to explain everything from Trump to Black Lives Matter

Was 2017 the Beginning of the End of Social Injustice in America?

It’s so ironic. A country that was established by white immigrants and refugees continues, year after year, to debate whether refugees and immigrants from other countries should be allowed to cross onto our sacred soil. - Chelsey Luger

Nicole Cardoza Isn't Writing Her Anti-Racism Newsletter for White People

Amid the nation's protests, Cardoza began emailing current event explainers and action items to what ended up becoming thousands of subscribers, many looking for information and guidance in a year marked by sickness and brutality.


Racial Justice