According to a report released by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, many people don’t understand, nor believe that systematic racism persists. 

From Race Forward:

Content analysis of mainstream media: Two-thirds of race-focused media coverage fails to consider how systemic racism factors into the story, instead typically focusing upon racial slurs and other types of personal prejudice and individual-level racism.

Seven harmful racial discourse practices, which reinforce the common misconception that racism is simply a problem of rare, isolated, individual attitudes and actions: Individualizing Racism, Falsely Equating Incomparable Acts, Diverting From Race, Portraying Government as Overreaching, Prioritizing (Policy) Intent over Impact, Condemning Through Coded Language, and Silencing History.

Read more at Race Forward

Watch a breakdown of the report’s findings:

The study, posted in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, reveals that non-blacks who see images of successful blacks makes then think racism doesn’t exist; therefore people lack understanding of what racism actually is.

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