History of Racism and Movements

Racism is a process, and as such, it has a history. Knowing this history helps explain current systems of inequity and structural racism. Having learned how these systems are set up, and whom they are intended to control, advantage or disadvantage, it is easier to understand why things are as they are today, and to find entry points for change. (Khalil Muhammad). Not surprisingly, the history of racism also includes organized resistance at every level – from individual acts of resistance to broad-scale, collective, cross-system movements. A deeper knowledge of these movements offers inspiration and strategic and tactical lessons. Resources in this section offer insights into both areas – the historic construction of racism and ongoing resistance, primarily at the level of movements. This section mostly focuses on U.S. history, though a section on the global history of racism is also included.

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