16 Words and Definitions to Kickstart Your Anti-Racism Journey

Marginalized people do not have the luxury of taking days off from oppression.

1. White Privilege

2. White Supremacy

3. Institutional Racism

4. White Fragility

5. Structural Racism

6. White Exceptionalism

7. Anti-Racist

8. Reparations

9. Emotional Labour

10. Allyship

11. Optical Allyship

Racial Prejudice + Power = Oppression/Racism

  • 12. Prejudice: A pre-judgment or unjustifiable, and usually negative, attitude of one type of individual or groups toward another group and its members. Such negative attitudes are typically based on unsupported generalizations (or stereotypes) that deny the right of individual members of certain groups to be recognized and treated as individuals with individual characteristics.
  • 13. Power: Power is the access to resources, to decision-makers to get what you want done, the ability to influence others, and the ability to define reality for yourself and others. Power can be visible, hidden, or invisible and can show up as power over others, power with others, and/or power within.
  • 14. Oppression: The systematic subjugation of one social group by a more robust social group for the social, economic, and political benefit of the more powerful social group.

15. Racial Equity versus 16. Racial Equality

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Renée Cheréz is a Black woman writer creating magic at the intersections of travel and Black liberation. Follow her on Instagram + Twitter (@reneecherez).

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Renée Cheréz

Renée Cheréz

Renée Cheréz is a Black woman writer creating magic at the intersections of travel and Black liberation. Follow her on Instagram + Twitter (@reneecherez).