Systemic racism is the complex interaction of culture, policy, and institutions that holds in place the outcomes we see in our lives.
It’s the systems that rely on subtle and not so subtle biases against people of color to disempower them and put them at risk. It’s the fact that:
- Black Americans are 12.7% of the population but only possess 3% of America’s wealth.
- Black unemployment has never been less than double that of white unemployment…since slavery.
- And if you apply for a job with a white-sounding name, you are 50% more likely to get a callback than with a Black sounding name?
Equal Justice Now is committed to working until we can see an America without systemic racism. An America where Trayvon Martin would have walked down the street, John Crawford could pick up a toy gun at Walmart, Breonna Taylor could sleep next to her boyfriend – without getting shot.
Black women could deliver a baby without being three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.
It would mean a medial industry where doctors don’t have racist ideas about people of color and their ability to feel pain or their complaints’ legitimacy.
It would mean that people’s ability to pass down their interpersonal racism from generation to generation is limited because they don’t have the systemic support.
Where one’s race would not decide where they live, what food they eat, the quality of their children’s education, incarceration, or infant mortality.