Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands. But we have to stay vigilant, because it’s always still in the air. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Times Op Ed, June 1, 2020
Racism is an insidious disease and combatting this complex system of social and political levers requires ongoing attention from our community and from the institutions that serve this community. To be proactive in eradicating racism, one must think critically about how to best address anti-blackness and recognize privilege. Shared below and on the other guide pages are resources to assist you in understanding systemic racism, taking action, finding data, and connecting with UM and local and national resources. Black lives DO matter. In Missoula. In Montana. Everywhere.
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"Racism, violence, and the ideology of white supremacy are among the distinguishing features of the experience of African peoples in their relationships with the peoples of Europe, and they are defining attributes of African-American politics. Racism, however, like many other important concepts in the social sciences, does not have a universally acknowledged or accepted definition. Rather, the concept is defined in different ways by social scientists, and the different definitions have important implications for the processes of public policy."
Smith, R. C. (2014). racism. In R. C. Smith, Facts on File library of American history:
Encyclopedia of African American politics (2nd ed.). Facts On File.