“Race and power are embedded in complex ways within social institutions.” Charter of the Metropolitan Detroit Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

Greetings! You are at the right place, at the right time. The Metropolitan Detroit Area has been dealing with the negative consequences of racism for as long as most of us can remember. While individual racism has been discussed and debated, the existence of structural and institutional racism often been ignored. Structural racism has been defined by the Kirwan Institute as an exploration of how “historic legacies, individuals and institutions work interactively to distribute material and symbolic advantages and disadvantages along racial lines."

We should all care about structural racism because it allows race-based inequities to persist in a post Jim Crow and post-Civil Rights era. An understanding of structural racism illustrates that we, in fact, do not live in a color-blind society. The inequities that do exist are primarily shouldered by people of color and the poor. This system does not occur by chance, but by policies and decisions made by institutions that reflect bias against non-whites and reinforce the notion of white privilege.

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