The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system is committed to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism. To that end and in alignment with the CSCU Library Consortium’s Strategic Directions, a task force of the consortium’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Team has adapted this Anti-racism Resources Guide from a guide created by Fitchburg State University. The task force wishes to thank Fitchburg State University for granting permission to adapt their guide. The task force was led by Craig Guild (Reference & Instruction Librarian, CT State Community College Three Rivers) and included:
Racism is a complex issue that can be approached from many different contexts. The following definitions may help you to begin to think about those contexts.
This article from The Atlantic discusses changes that need to be made to the dictionary definition of racism. The NIH page for ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY, RACE, RESOURCES provides a glossary for understanding racial terms and differences.
As is made clear above, racism “is prejudice plus power leveraged at the institutional level to maintain the privileges of the dominate [sic.] social group.” Understanding racism in this way helps us to reach “the obvious-seeming conclusion that because in our society white people are the dominant social group, black [sic.] people, who do not control the levers of macro level, institutional power, cannot be said to be racist” (Hoyt, 2012). In other words, since institutional power and the ability to wield it are essential aspects of racism, white people, as the dominant racial group in society, may experience individual prejudice but cannot experience the disenfranchisement, disempowerment, and violence that racism produces. “Reverse racism,” then, can be said to be a myth; a powerful myth often wielded in order to deflect from the experience of racism felt by members of minoritized groups.
"To be antiracist is a radical choice in the face of history, requiring radical reorientation of our consciousness" - Ibram Kendi from How to Be an Antiracist