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.”

White Supremacy Is Our Country’s Original Sin

The legacy of slavery, the genocide of Native Americans and the exploitation of immigrants remain unresolved and largely unacknowledged.

Far-Right Trump Backers Weaponized Christianity Against Democracy and Could Do It Again

In the waning days of 2020, Serene Jones came face to face with the white supremacist hate that fueled the deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6—and that poses the biggest security challenge to President Joe Biden.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Imagining a New America

Ta-Nehisi Coates says we must love our country the way we love our friends—and not spare the hard truths.

From Radical Dharma to All About Love, a Look at Queer Black Buddhist Perspectives on Spiritual Practice in Contemporary Texts

Several queer Black Buddhist authors have showed me how spiritual practice can be a liberating force in the face of challenges as huge as racism, sexism and queerphobia.


Racial Justice