Fighting Institutional Racism
From: Uprooting Racism
The following chapters examine ways racism plays out in some of our major institutions during this period of neoliberal capitalism. Each institution mentioned here reinforces others and contributes to the web of surveillance, control, and punishment under which people of color live. Each institution denies them the rights and benefits of full participation in US society and at the same time demeans, harasses, and attacks them, their families, and communities. Institutional racism is a mechanism for shifting material resources (land, money, the fruits of their labor) from people of color to white people, particularly those in the ruling class.
Paul Kivel, social justice educator, activist, and writer, has been involved in racial justice work for over 50 years. He is an accomplished trainer and speaker on men’s issues, racism and diversity, challenges of youth, teen dating and family violence, raising boys to adulthood, and the impact of class and power on daily life. His work gives people the understanding to become involved in social justice work and the tools to become more effective allies in community struggles to end oppression and injustice and to transform organizations and institutions. Kivel is the author of numerous books and curricula including Men’s Work, Making the Peace, Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice, Boys Will Be Men, I Can Make My World a Safer Place, You Call This a Democracy? and most recently Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony. Kivel may be contacted via his resource-filled website: paulkivel.com.