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systemic racism

Systemic racism is racism that is built into systems or organizations (like governments or companies) and affects many people. It is different than individual racism, where one person may have racist beliefs and act in a racist way. Systemic racism takes place when institutions give unfair advantages to people of a certain race, or deny opportunities to people of another race. This means people of certain races will have an easier time getting certain things like jobs, housing, healthcare, education, and other opportunities. It also means people of certain races are more likely to be treated unfairly or unequally. Systemic racism affects how people are seen, heard, recognized, and valued in society.