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In The Color of Fear Victor said Most of the lethal deadly toxic racism that people of color experiencecomes from moral fair-minded people who are lovers of justice--mostly decent and very nice folks Many racist ideas and practices are more obvious than others Several authors of our readings have discussed the unintentional or unconscious forms of racism It is this type of invisible racism that Victor is talking about and can often be more difficult to address and change than overt blatant racism These forms of racism are more insidious and work behind the scenes and enable racism to exist even in the absence of deliberate racist attitudes and actions Racism is a system of oppression based on race that creates advantages and disadvantages among groups of people Racism includes the beliefs practices laws customs and social arrangements that systematically burden disadvantage devalue or render inferior members of one racial group in relation to another in a society Racism is based on the belief on innate superiority of one race over another given to us courtesy of essentialism The beliefs attitudes and actions of individuals cultural norms and the systematic institutional structures and practices of society support racism and continue its operation in US society There are different levels dimensions forms and manifestations of racism Healy disusses the different levels and dimensions He identifies two levels-individual and institutional and two dimensions- thinkingfeeling and doingacting One of the categories discussed is institutional discrimination Healy classifies institutional racism on the institutional level and in the doingacting dimension Healy defines institutional discrimination as a pattern of unequal treatment based on group membership that is built into the daily operations of society Instutional racism consists of the laws customs and practices that systematically produce advantages and disadvantages in society Institutional racism enables racism to exist regardless of whether or not the individuals maintaining the laws customs and practices have racist intentions Individuals may not be consciously racist and may
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