Institutional Bias
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The wait for evacuation at the Superdome is over for these two corpses.

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This is what 'institutional' bias looks like. It is not personal, it is not intentional.

 

"Once racism takes hold and is embedded within institutions it does not require "intent." Rather, institutional racism can be perpetuated by

seemingly benign policies, practices, behaviors, traditions, structures, etc., which is why it usually goes unchallenged." *

 

 Institutional bias makes groups of people who are devalued by a society invisible.

 

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ERASE RacismEDUCATION, RESEARCH, ADVOCACY SUPPORT TO ELIMINATE Racism

What is Institutional and Structural Racism? *

Institutional racism is a complex, multifaceted concept. Some definitions focus on the outcome of segregation and inequality, while others focus on the outcome of unearned privileges and advantages. Some definitions stress that once racism takes hold and is embedded within institutions it does not require "intent." Rather, institutional racism can be perpetuated by seemingly benign policies, practices, behaviors, traditions, structures, etc., which is why it usually goes unchallenged.

To differentiate between racism and racial prejudice , the following definitions are frequently used:

Racial prejudice is not an act. Racial prejudice is an attitude, opinion or feeling, which is usually negative. It is a prejudgment based on myth, missing information, misinformation (lies), or stereotypes about People of Color or White People. Anyone can be racially prejudiced.

Racism = racial prejudice plus institutional and systemic power to dominate, exclude, discriminate against or abuse targeted groups of people based on a designation of race. While racial prejudice can result in mistreatment, racism results in a special type of mistreatment: oppression.

Oppression results when
(1) racism is a part of the dominant culture's national consciousness;
(2) it is reinforced through its social institutions; and
(3) there is an imbalance of social and economic power within the culture.

Institutional racism is a term that describes the way government and other public and private institutions systematically afford White people an array of social, political and economic advantages, simply because they are White, while marginalizing and putting at a disadvantage African Americans and many other people of color. White people often cannot see and do not question the sources and legitimacy of their privilege and power, whereas people of color experience daily its consequences. Even without conscious, personal racial animosity, these institutional structures, policies, and practices generate and maintain racial discrimination, segregation, and inequalities of opportunity that keep African Americans and other people of color apart from the mainstream of American economic and political life.

Institutional racism is a legacy of American slavery and White settlers' determination to systematically exclude Africans from every aspect of the newly formed democratic society. Institutional racism is still rampant today and remains embedded in every institution, school, and system in society despite efforts to protect the civil rights of African Americans and other people of color.

ERASE Racism is a regional organization that leads public policy advocacy campaigns and related programmatic initiatives to promote racial equity in housing, public school education and healthcare.  It engages in a variety of research, education and consulting activities to identify and address institutional and structural racism primarily on Long Island.