General Article How to call out racism without destroying your relationships

Topic Selected: Racism Book Volume: 376

Though it seems painfully obvious to some, the definition of racism isn’t so clear cut to others.

By Faima Bakar

Though it seems painfully obvious to some, the definition of racism isn’t so clear cut to others.

The idea that racism is always overt, like calling someone the N-word or being physically or verbally abusive, is prevalent.

But many people of colour will argue it’s more insidious and subtle than that.

Racism can manifest institutionally, through microaggressions, jokes, comments impinging on stereotypes, and even unwelcoming stares.

Though these experiences are not physically violent, they can leave lasting impressions on people of colour and make them feel like an outsider, that their sensibilities don’t matter and that they are not important.

For those on the receiving end of these prejudices, it’s difficult to call out especially where personal relationships are involved.

Would you like to see the rest of this article and all the other benefits that Issues Online can provide with?

Sign up now for an immediate no obligation FREE TRIAL and view the entire collection