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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Prejudice and Racism

Racism is not the same thing as prejudice.  Prejudice refers to people's attitudes.  Racism is a system of power and privilege; it can be manifested in people's attitudes but is rooted in society's structure and is reflected in the different advantages and disadvantages that groups experience, based on their location in this societal system.  Racism is structured into society, not just in people's minds.

- Margaret L. Andersen & Patricia Hill Collins, "Conceptualizing Race, Class, and Gender," in Margaret L. Andersen & Patricia Hill Collins, eds., Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 5th ed. (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2004), 81.

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