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ERIC Number: EJ1014865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 30
Embracing Racism: Understanding Its Pervasiveness & Persistence
Williams, Gary L.
Multicultural Education, v20 n1 p42-44 Fall 2012
The legacy of slavery and racism in America and the history of what John C. Calhoun and other Southern leaders of the 1800s called "our peculiar institution" has not gone unnoticed. Neither has the psychological damage that remains as baggage carried by the descendents of both the slave and the slave owner (Berry & Blassingame, 1982; Franklin & Moss, 2000; Fredrickson, 2003; Quarles, 1996). This legacy of "our peculiar institution" is currently reflected in the policies and practices of American social institutions; hence, it is not uncommon to hear allegations that institutional racism is practiced by educational, healthcare, criminal justice, and other social institutions. The author believes that racism in America is here to stay. It will not be abolished or reformed. After admitting that a post-racial America does not exist, the CRT's worldview calls upon other social institutions, such as medical/ healthcare, to subject themselves to the scrutiny exercised by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) in engaging the voices of the university community to identify both the existence of the problem and solutions for addressing institutionalized racism.
Descriptors: Racial Bias, United States History, Slavery, African Americans, Persistence, Social Attitudes, Public Policy, Social Problems, Whites, College Environment, Social Change, Social Justice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin