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Systemic Racism

NPR’s Noel King speaks with Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want To Talk About Race, about systemic racism. What is it, and how does it affect people day to day?

Listen to the entire interview (about 7 minutes) or read the transcript here

IJEOMA OLUO

The framing around racism has always been there is a white person who doesn’t like people of color or a Klan member or someone, you know, who’s making their hatred and ignorance very obvious. But what’s actually been impacting our lives are systems that rely on subtle and not so subtle biases against people of color to disempower us and put us at risk. And so we’ve been fighting for job opportunities, for safety from violence, for equal education, for freedom from medical racism. And that is upheld not by how you love or don’t love people of color but by how you participate with our systems.